Supreme Court Will Let Fremont Immigration Ordinance Stand


The U.S. Supreme Court has made the decision not to review Fremont's immigration ordinance and this could open the door to similar city rules in Nebraska and other states.

On Monday, the justices let an appeals court ruling that dealt with discrimination stand. The ruling found the ordinance doesn't discriminate against Latinos or interfere with federal immigration laws.

The ordinance was enacted in 2010 and was aimed at keeping immigrants from renting a home in Fremont if they didn’t have legal permission to be in the United States.

Attorney Kris Kobach, who defended the ordinance, said the decision gives a "bright green light'' for other cities within the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The circuit includes Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.

Fremont resident Virginia Meyer, who led an unsuccessful repeal effort, said the ordinance has proven divisive and painted the city in a negative light. The high court has rejected attempts by towns in Pennsylvania and Texas to revive similar ordinances struck down by lower courts.