Fremont gets a mixed ruling from a federal judge on its immigration law.
United States District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled against a portion of the ordinance that would have barred landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. Camp, though, let stand a provision that would require tenants of obtain an occupancy license before renting either an apartment or house. Camp also upheld a provision that would require businesses to verify the immigration status of their employees.
The law begins to take effect on March 4th unless an appeal is made to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
On that date, those wishing to rent in Fremont must apply for a $5 occupation license from the police department. The license would include name, date of birth and citizenship status.
On May 4th, Fremont businesses would be required to use the federal government’s E-Verify program when they hire workers.
Fremont voters approved the immigration ordinance in a June 2010 special election. The city council plans to discuss the ruling during its February 28th meeting.
Camp ruled that the Fremont ordinance, for the most part, did not conflict with federal immigration law since it didn’t attempt to determine who should or should not be admitted into the country.
Don Bowen, KHUB, contributed to this report.
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