Following up on my post from last Monday, the small town of Fremont, NE, voted by an overwhelmingly large number to pass the controversial ordinance targeting illegal immigrants. Opponents to the ordinance believe that Hispanics are being unfairly targeted in a city that is far from the US-Mexico border and does not have a problem with illegal immigrants. Opponents are worried that if an ordinance like this can pass in a town where there is no illegal immigration problem, it may be the first of many ordinances targeting immigrants across the nation. Laurel Marsh, executive director of the ACLU Nebraska, believes the ordinance sets a “dangerous precedent” where the license requirement by renters can be turned into a “handy tracking mechanism” on immigrants.
Following the same path as Arizona lawmakers and the passage of this ordinance, State Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont has said he may introduce a bill in the Nebraska legislature that is similar to the Arizona law.
With all the commotion and unrest surrounding the immigration debate, it is important to continue to ensure that our individual constitutional rights are protected and upheld. In an effort to protect these fundamental rights and liberties of law-abiding Americans, BORDC has created a model ordinance in an effort to focus local law enforcement agencies on their core public safety mission rather than on illegal immigration.