OMAHA, NE - A federal appeals panel says Fremont's ordinance that discourages employing or renting property to people who aren't in the U.S. legally is valid, opening the door for the city to begin enforcing its law.
In 2010, Fremont voters easily approved the measure, which bans hiring or renting to people who couldn't prove they are in the country legally. The ordinance also required businesses to use federal E-verify software to check on potential employees.
Last year, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled the parts of the ordinance that deny housing permits were discriminatory, and interfere with federal law.
On Friday, two judges of a three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that reasoning, reversed the ruling, and vacated the lower court's injunction.
Fremont's mayor told KMTV Action 3 News that city leaders will meet after the July 4th holiday to discuss how they will begin enforcing the new law.