Three civil rights organizations have entered the legal battle over an eastern Nebraska city's ordinance targeting illegal immigration.
The Fair Housing Center of Nebraska-Iowa, the National Fair Housing Alliance and the National Council of La Raza all have filed "friend of the court" briefs in opposing the Fremont ordinance.
In 2010, voters in the eastern Nebraska city of 26,000 approved the measure, which banned hiring or renting to illegal immigrants and required businesses to use federal E-verify software to confirm that potential employees were not illegal immigrants.
The ACLU Nebraska Foundation, along with several U.S.-born Latino home renters and a Fremont landlord, sued. In February, a federal judge approved the E-verify requirement, but rejected the one that would deny city-issued housing permits to illegal immigrants.
Both sides have appealed.
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