Donate to IRLI
On June 28, 2013, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision in the cases of Keller v. City of Fremont and Martinez v. City of Fremont, validating the authority of cities to deter an influx of illegal immigrants. The case involved a challenge by plaintiffs represented by the ACLU and MALDEF to a Fremont ordinance, passed by popular initiative, which prohibited the employment and the harboring of illegal immigrants in the City. The employment provision was previously upheld and not appealed.
On December 13, 2012, attorneys Kris Kobach and Garrett Roe attended oral arguments in the cases of Martinez v. City of Fremont and Keller v. City of Fremont before a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Kris Kobach argued for the City of Fremont.
Representing the landlord and tenant plaintiffs were attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Also arguing against the City was an attorney for the United States Department of Justice.
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 federal District Court of Nebraska in Omaha has issued an important opinion in the consolidated cases of Keller v. City of Fremont and Martinez v. City of Fremont. The Court upheld most of Fremont’s pioneering citizen enforcement law, enacted by popular referendum in 2010, against twin lawsuits engineered by the ACLU and MALDEF. Read the full decision below.