Judge Rules Against Neb. City's Immigration Plan

Published February 20, 2012 11:27PM (EST)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has rejected part of an eastern Nebraska city's controversial ordinance that sought to ban the hiring of illegal immigrants or renting to them. Much of the rule still could take effect next month.

U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp said part of Fremont's 2010 ordinance that would have denied housing permits to illegal immigrants is discriminatory.

Fremont's attorney Kris Kobach, who is the Kansas secretary of state, says 75 percent of the ordinance was upheld. That includes requiring that Fremont employers use the federal E-Verify database to ensure employees are legal.

Kobach says the city can still require anyone seeking to rent property to apply for a $5 city permit and check their citizenship status. Kobach says the ruling simply prevents the city from revoking those permits.

By Salon Staff

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