The Craig Fahle Show

Supreme Court Punts On Anti-Immigration Question

May 5, 2014



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Wayne State University law professor Jonathan Weinberg talks with Craig Fahle about Freemont, Nebraska's ban on renting to undocumented immigrants and explains what this will mean for other cities in the U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an ordinance that bans renting homes to undocumented immigrants in Freemont, Nebraska.

All prospective tenants in Nebraska that are non-citizens must include immigration status to apply for an occupancy permit. If they are not legal immigrants, they cannot get a permit and will not be able to rent in the city.

Weinberg says some believe that the ban infringes upon the Nebraska Fair Housing Act on the grounds that it discriminates against Latinos. However, the Supreme Court found that the ordinance does not interfere with federal immigration laws nor does it discriminate.

According to Weinberg, this is not the first time we've seen an ordinance like this.

In 2012, the Supreme Court overruled an Arizona immigration law that would have kept undocumented immigrants from living in the state. Since then, the Supreme Court has held that immigration is to be regulated by the federal government.