by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a lawsuit challenging a Nebraska city’s ordinance that bans renting homes to illegal aliens — a decision which could open the door to similar laws in many other cities.
Attorney Kris Kobach, who defended the Fremont, NE ordinance, said the Court’s decision gives a “bright green light” for other cities within the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that want to adopt such laws. The circuit includes Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.
“Today we achieved final victory on behalf of the citizens of Fremont, Nebraska,” said Kobach. “The ordinance…to stop employing and renting to illegal aliens was approved last year. Our victory in Court is complete. The ACLU has been defeated.”
The challenge was brought by the ACLU and Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF).
The Fremont ordinance requires renters to get a $5 permit and swear that they have legal permission to live in the United States. The high court on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that found the ordinance doesn’t discriminate against Latinos or interfere with federal immigration laws.
The number of Hispanics — mostly here illegally — has more than tripled in Fremont in just ten years, according to 2010 data. The resulting strain on social services mirrors damaging effects of illegal immigration across the country. In California, for example over 60 hospitals have closed in the past 10 years as a result of unpaid medical bills from illegal aliens.
As Top Right News reported back in February, the strict ordinance was first approved in 2010, and has survived several legal challenges, including an attempt by pro-illegal landlords to repeal it at the ballot box in February. Despite landlord groups, the ACLU and MALDEF outspending supporters of the ban 11-to-1, their effort was soundly defeated by voters, 60%-40%.
Kobach was confident other cities would quickly follow Fremont’s lead, and he would assist them in that effort. “This is a final and complete victory for Fremont,” said Kobach, who serves as Kansas’ secretary of state. “It is beyond question that every city in the 8th Circuit has the ability to adopt the Fremont ordinance, word for word.”