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IRLI attorneys Kris Kobach and Garrett Roe have filed an important legal brief in the ongoing legal defense of the employer licensing and anti-harboring ordinances, enacted by a Fremont, Nebraska citizen initiative in June, 2010. The consolidated cases are Martinez v. City of Fremont and Keller v. City of Fremont. The City's 125 page brief, dated July 10, 2012, can be downloaded below.
The lawsuit against Fremont by local landlords and aliens, some anonymously, was organized by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF). Both sides have cross-appealed portions of the trial court's decision, which upheld the employer licensing ordinance and all but two provisions of the anti-harboring statute, and set back MALDEF's plan to intimidate local officials with threats of heavy attorneys fees.
"Our brief builds on the Supreme Court's landmark ruling last month in US v. Arizona, that local authorities have the right to verify the lawful immigration status of aliens during the conduct of public business," said IRLI attorney Roe. "We also expect the appeals court to confirm that local enforcement of our nation's laws against harboring illegal aliens does not in any way constitute profiling or housing discrimination", he added.
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