Latino group sues Fremont over immigration law

A Latino civil rights group is suing the city of Fremont to stop enforcement of the eastern Nebraska city's new illegal-immigration ordinance.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court “to protect immigrants from unlawful, local regulation of immigration, contravening constitutional and federal authority.''

The lawsuit targets the city's voter-approved ordinance that bars residents from hiring or renting homes to illegal immigrants.

The ban, which was approved by voters in June, is set to go into effect on July 29. The American Civil Liberties Union also has promised to challenge the ban in court, but had not filed a lawsuit by Wednesday morning.