Past Features

May 6, 2012

Supreme Court declines to
hear Nebraska immigration case

Reuters -- May 5, 2014   
     The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a Nebraska town's ordinance that cracks down on illegal immigration, declining to hear an appeal filed by a civil rights group.
    The 2010 ordinance in Fremont, Nebraska, includes a provision that bars landlords from renting to illegal immigrants.
    Plaintiffs represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund sued, saying the measure was trumped by federal immigration law.
    The high court's decision not to hear the plaintiffs' appeal leaves intact a June 2013 ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which concluded that the ordinance does not conflict with federal law.
    The rental provision, one of only a handful around the country, requires prospective tenants to obtain an occupancy license. They must declare their immigration status. City police then check with the federal government. If a tenant is found to be an illegal immigrant, the license is revoked.....
Huffington Post -- May 5, 2014
Supreme Court Decision Could Open The Door To Harsh Immigration Laws Elsewhere