Nebraska Supreme Court to Answer Immigration Law Question
Late Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled on briefs from the ACLU of Nebraska and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund’s (MALDEF) lawsuit against Fremont’s ban on hiring and renting to undocumented immigrants, believing it is not legal by state law.
The question being raised was whether Smith Camp should have the lawsuit heard in federal or state court. Having decided to send it to federal, Smith Camp has given lawyers until September 1st to construct the question they wish to present to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
A rural town of 25,000, 45 percent of Fremont’s had voted on an ordinance to ban undocumented immigrants from renting homes or taking jobs. With a vote of 57 percent to 43percent the ordinance was passed.
The ACLU claims the law is unconstitutional and its measures could result in racial profiling and fanning the flames of discrimination.