At Tuesday’s Fremont City Council meeting, members will consider suspending the implementation of the new illegal immigration law. Council President Scott Getzschman says this move is prompted by two pending, and possibly expensive lawsuits. He says the suspension consideration comes down to a matter of dollars and cents.
“We’ve always wanted to look very hard at conserving costs. Due to the fact that there will be injunction served, this resolution may reduce some of those costs.”
Getzschman says it is likely a federal judge would grant the temporary restraining order and the illegal immigration ban would not be allowed to go into effect.
“Wednesday is when the restraining order and the injunction and injunctions were to be released that were going to prevent us from enforcing it anyway.”
Two civil rights groups, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund have made the request to block the enforcement. Getzschman says this issue has been a difficult one from the start.
“This ordinance is very controversial. It is very difficult. That is what got us here. We will work through it as a community.”
Getzschman didn’t know how Fremont residents would react to the possible suspension since they voted to approve the ordinance.
“The citizens of Fremont are just frustrated Washington isn’t doing anything and we will work through this to get better and get through it all.”
The civil rights groups claim the ban is discriminatory. It is set to go into effect on July 29th.