The attorney who helped draft Fremont’s illegal immigrant ordinance expects other cities to follow suit now that the Supreme Court has allowed it to stand.
Attorney Kris Kobach, now the Kansas Secretary of State, says the decision by the Supreme Court to let stand a lower court ruling which upheld the Fremont illegal immigration ordinance paves the way for other cities to act.
“They can follow Fremont’s example now and adopt identical ordinances and they will be upheld. There really won’t be any way to challenge them in court,” Kobach tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
The United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ruled the ordinance does not conflict with federal immigration laws.
Immigrants represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund sued the city of Fremont, claiming the ordinance was at odds with federal law.
Fremont voters approved the ordinance in 2010. Earlier this year, they confirmed the vote, rejecting a ballot initiative that would have stripped the housing portion of the ordinance.
The ordinance prohibits landlords from renting to immigrants in the country illegally. It also requires businesses to verify the immigration status of their workers.
Kobach says local governments have to act, because the federal government refuses to.
“When people say the immigration system is broken, I sometimes laugh,” Kobach says. “The laws are not broken. The laws are not being enforced.”
Kobach says the Obama Administration has shown no interest in enforcing immigration laws.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this article.
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