Civil rights groups try to block ordinance
Tracy Buffington/Executive Editor | Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Fremont officials are reviewing the two lawsuits filed against the city Wednesday that challenge the city's voter-approved illegal immigration ordinance. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed lawsuits Wednesday on behalf of several Fremont residents and two landlords.
"We are reviewing the lawsuits and what they say," City Administrator Bob Hartwig said. "It will take a day or two to look at it."
The lawsuits were expected.
"In every other city ... there have been lawsuits," Hartwig said. "This came as no surprise."
Both lawsuits seek to prevent the city from implement the ordinance that would ban the renting to and hiring of illegal immigrants. It is set to take effect July 29.
Both lawsuits claim the ordinance violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution; the equal protection clause and due process clause of the 14th Amendment; and the Fair Housing Act.
Additionally, both complaints claim the city exceeded municipal authority granted to it in Article XI of the Nebraska Constitution.
"Divisive ordinances like these tear communities apart," Jennifer Chang Newell, staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, said in the press release announcing its lawsuit. "It's time to stop promoting discriminatory policies like these so that we can come together to find a national approach to immigration."
In its press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit, MALDEF stated it did so "to protect immigrants from unlawful, local regulation of immigration, contravening constitutional and federal authority." State Sen. Charlie Janssen was quick to offer comment on the lawsuit.
"Let's make it clear that the unlawful parties here are the immigrants that chose to break federal and state laws by coming here illegally in the first place," Janssen wrote in a prepared statement. "The bottom line is that they are not undocumented workers,' they are illegal aliens.
"The Fremont ordinance was lawfully voted in by the citizens of Fremont in an effort to enforce laws that the federal government has neglected to enforce for decades," he added.
Fremont voters on June 21 approved the ordinance that would require renters to obtain occupancy licenses and businesses with one or more employees to use the federal E-Verify system.
Still ahead for Fremont officials is picking legal counsel. There have been several offers, including one from attorney Kris Kobach, who has worked on similar cases in Hazleton, Pa., and Farmers Branch, Texas. Hartwig said a decision on legal counsel likely won't be made until August.
Let's face it....Once they get in, the Feds will never go after them...and that's where the problem lies.
Borders = Bad
One World Government = Good
The ACLU is attacking a small town with a small budget.
Also see: 2 groups sue Nebraska city over immigration law
posted by george76.
This is the same way they have been fighting the Nativity scene controversy for years ... go after the small towns, towns that can’t afford the legal representation needed to defend against them. Get enough wins under their belt and they can challenge larger towns and cities.
As long as the government keeps paying the ACLU, win or lose, they’ll keep suing anyone for anything.
As I see it, the ordinance doesn't usurp the Feds “claim” of being the sole entity to grant or deny citizenship, it simply makes it illegal to sell, rent or harbor criminals.
Since it makes no distinction between Mexican Criminals and Swedish Criminals, no equal protection problems.
Nobody is taking away their property, they are just being prevented from renting it to a certain class of people. Would prohibiting the sales of alcohol and cigarettes to minors be and different?
From my perspective all the unfairness is on the part of the criminals here illegally and on the part of the asshats trying to enable them.
The ACLU criminal front group has once again demonstrated its advocacy of drug smuggling, human trafficking, murder, rape, kidnapping, and property destruction.
It seems the administration and it's lackeys have a consistent strategy. Refuse at the federal level to enforce any immigration control, at the border or anywhere else. Then, when anybody else tries to pick up the slack, sue them for doing the job the feds refuse to; claiming they are interfering. Brilliant.
Ellis Island, Not Gilligan’s Island
Fremont’s citizens have the right of self-defense. And those who wish to defend America’s borders, language, and culture would do well to read either of veteran muckraker Kevin Sherlock’s 2010 books which examine immigration during a time when we did it right.
Ellis Island Scrapbook is kinder and gentler (relatively speaking) and When America Did Immigration Right is meaner and harsher. Both books cover the Ellis Island Era, when we actually had standards to keep out loafers, criminals, wage-depressing contract workers, illegals, criminals and moral degenerates, and those who hated American institutions and would not assimilate.
Both books are aggressively and cheerfully pro-American, both celebrate Judeo-Christian heritage, and both explain what it took to become an American in an era when the American people expected assimilation and frequently backed it up physically. The books argue the Ellis Island approach with updated techniques could make Americans much safer.
These books underwent subject expert scrutiny and passed with flying colors. These books have the endorsement of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, and talk show host Rusty Humphries. They also have the appreciation of Americans ranging from Minutemen and tea partiers who like his patriotism and attacks on the Nanny State to blacks who appreciate the spotlight Sherlock put on anti-black hatred (especially by feminists and progressives) and the accomplishments of American blacks, to Orthodox Jews and Eastern Orthodox Christians who appreciate how Sherlock attacked jihadists, Nazis, and Reds who murdered people of their blood.
Sherlock is an immigration restriction advocate who celebrates Hispanic culture instead of slighting it; he is a Catholic and has some Spanish heritage.
Ellis Island Scrapbook covers abortion in Europe in the 1800s and 1900s, explains why abortionists feared execution, spotlights Nazi abortionists who attacked Slavic and Jewish women, and covers the impact of bisexual racist Margaret Sanger on immigration. (She railed against the poor, blacks, Catholics, Jews, American Indians, and Hispanics. She argued for forcibly sterilizing the poor.)
When America Did Immigration Right covers the relationship of white slavery and abortion in America, and also covers the impact of Margaret Sanger on immigration and the abortion trade. Sherlock discusses La Sanger like guys at a bar would, pointing out she was essentially a globetrotting bisexual whore who lied about her credentials as a nurse (she didnt have a nurses license, setting an example for many Planned Parenthood staffers), she hated the poor, and she chased a series of Euros (males and females) ranging from starched English degenerates to Stalinist comrades who treated her like the easily available slut she was. He also covers the fight against white slavery, which actually targeted most girls, regardless of age or religion of parents.
Each book has 260 color and black & white pictures, and numerous maps. Ellis Island Scrapbook has more European history and vignettes; When America Did Immigration Right has more American history and an analysis of why the present day immigration can be called Gilligans Island, not Ellis Island.
Check out the Brennyman Books website for info on both books. Sherlock is at his teaching and conversational best. You will not be bored!
As opposed to "a discriminatory effect on those who look or sound like US American citizens."