UPDATE: Tuesday night the Fremont Nebraska City Council voted unanimously to suspend the ban on renting to or hiring undocumented immigrants. The action is seen as temporary while the city takes a step back to see if the courts support the ban’s legality during several court challenges.
Fremont Nebraska passed a ban last month on hiring or renting to undocumented immigrants. The city will vote on suspending the ban tonight, before they are due to defend it in court tomorrow. It is estimated that the cost of implementing the ban could cost the town as much as one million dollars a year.
The Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund as well has the American Civil Liberties Union have filed lawsuits against the city. The council’s president, Scott Gretzchman said, “It just boils down to the fact that the restraining order and injunction is imminent. And as a city of Fremont, we’re looking at ways of reducing costs.”
Legal director of ACLU Nebraska, Amy Miller, thinks that suspending the law would help to protect her clients and begin to heal some of the divide this ban has caused in the town.
“If the City Council decides to stop the law from going into effect themselves, that would be a step in the right direction,” Miller said.
Like Arizona’s SB 1070, this ban was due to go into effect this Thursday, July 29.