Nebraska City Keeps Immigration Law

Mark Peters, Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2014

Voters in an eastern Nebraska city again backed a local ordinance cracking down on illegal immigrants, continuing a long-running battle that thrust the community of 26,000 into the national debate over immigration enforcement.

On Tuesday, residents of Fremont, which is 35 miles northwest of Omaha, upheld the housing sections of the city ordinance, which prohibits harboring, hiring or renting to undocumented immigrants. First approved in a 2010 citywide vote, the law faced a lengthy legal challenge, with the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals eventually upholding it. Still, a U.S. Supreme Court appeal is likely for the ordinance set to go into effect next month.

Although the measure won approval more than three years ago, elected officials held another citywide vote on the housing sections, which require residents to receive an occupancy license from police.

The second vote was driven by growing information on the costs of the ordinance to the community, from the loss of federal housing and redevelopment money, to challenges in attracting students to a local university, said Jennifer Bixby, City Council president.

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Supporters of the ordinance said officials ignored the results of the 2010 referendum. They also contend the federal government hasn’t acted to enforce immigration laws even as undocumented residents continue to drive up costs for schools and other taxpayer-funded services.

{snip} Nearly 60% of those voting Tuesday backed the ordinance, according to unofficial results in the meatpacking town that has seen an increase in the number of Hispanic residents.

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{snip} Plaintiffs in Fremont are expected to take their case to the Supreme Court now that voters have again backed the ordinance.

Court challenges to local ordinances cracking down on illegal immigrants have contributed to a slowdown in the number of communities looking to pass them. Kris Kobach, a lawyer representing Fremont and other communities, said that could change if the Supreme Court eventually weighs in and backs the ordinances, clearing the way for more municipalities to take steps.

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  • http://nclinksandthinks.wordpress.com/ Roger U

    Don’t worry, Holder’s DOJ will step in a squash these racists.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Within weeks of my state checking worker documents I noticed the local chicken plant go from Tijuana to Ghana.

    Don’t know how that has affected the quality of the product, but it did seem to relieve the welfare burden some…

    • Spartacus

      The chickens will be raped more often, but otherwise I don’t think it’ll make much of a difference…

      • NeanderthalDNA

        What a terrible way to inject protein, LOL…

        Gah…ugh…

      • Whitetrashgang

        Well if your a chicken it will, then again black people do love their chicken.

    • Talltrees

      Don’t eat any chickens from Tyson’s foods. Somalis.

  • MekongDelta69

    The term is: ILLEGAL ALIENS.
    Not all these ridiculous euphemisms.

    • Whitetrashgang

      My dog is a undocumented truck driver,Obamas mom a undocumented whore. OJ Simpsom a undocumented Murder.I guess once they get their documents it will all be peachy keen.

      • Manaphy

        The part about Obama’s mom is actually very well documented.

        • Luca

          Along with photos to prove it.

          • Alexandra1973

            The ones taken by/with Frank Marshall Davis, who may very well be Obummer’s baby-daddy?

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        Obama’s dog is better documented than his master.

    • Spartacus

      “Invaders” is much more accurate .

      • Manaphy

        I prefer “parasites”.

      • Manaphy

        I prefer “parasite”.

    • Manaphy

      The Wall Street Journal is the most radical left-wing voice in support of Amnesty. I have no idea why so-called conservatives delude themselves into thinking that WSJ is a right-wing outlet.

      • Extropico

        International racial socialism is ultimately not going to be low tax or small government. An international racial socialist conservative is not just an oxymoron-it is ridiculous.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      I prefer ‘…International Trespassers…’ myself

    • Conrad

      I like – invaders – better.
      If a couple of people cross the border illegally – who cares. But when they come in by the millions, it’s an invasion.
      Now, I wonder what should be done to stop an invasion?!

      • IstvanIN

        A couple of illegal borders hoppers leads to a flood, none should be allowed, punishment should be swift.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        The terms “parasite” and “coward”, in addition to “invader”, accurately describes all 3rd world immigrants, both legal and illegal.

        3rd world immigrants are parasites because they mooch jobs and economic opportunities without offering any jobs and economic opportunities in return. They are cowards because they prefer running to staying behind and making their countries better places to live.

      • mobilebay

        I’ve been suggesting our military on the border for years. After all, an invasion constitutes war as far as I’m concerned, but who listens to me?

        • Conrad

          I know what ya mean. But one day when ya’ll elect me dictator…

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Dear WSJ: Kris Kobach isn’t just some lawyer representing a city, he’s an elected secretary of state for a state that your employees see from 30,000 feet above the ground as they’re shuffling between Manhattan and Vail.

    But at least they mention him. Because Mitt Romney sure never gave him the time of day after he no longer needed him.

    • mobilebay

      I’ve followed Mr. Kobach’s career and he has my vote for any top office if he would run.

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

        He’s mentioned again today in the lamer con media:

        pjmedia [dot] com/tatler/2014/02/12/doj-aruges-to-court-against-rules-to-prevent-foreigners-from-voting/

  • Talltrees

    Who cares what the Supreme Court might decide. They are as corrupt as the other branches. We need to stop kowtowing to their decisions.

    • r j p

      Do you mean the Supreme Scumbags and Supreme Unqualified?

      • Talltrees

        Correct interpretation.

  • Dave4088

    And Eric Holder and the anti-white “Justice” Dept.will likely file a federal civil rights lawsuit in the coming days or weeks. On behalf of illegal aliens.

    It’s time local communities enforce these ordinances regardless of political pressure or the dictates of Marxist federal judges and dare the beast in D.C. to stop them. A line in the sand must be drawn or we’ll wake up one day in Mexico.

  • Michiganman6

    I wonder how long it will take BHO to issue an excutive order striking down any state or local laws that he and Eric Holder THINK are racist.

    • Conrad

      BHO ?
      Bureau of Homeland Obfuscation !?

      • Alexandra1973

        I refer to him as BO. And as we all know, BO stinks.

  • Pelagian

    Go ‘Huskers!

  • bigone4u

    There’s something really wrong with a country that allows judges to thwart the will of the people, natural law, and common sense. Sitting here far from where the battle is playing out, it’s encouraging that the voters rejected “diversity” by a decisive margin. If federal law was enforced, local laws wouldn’t be necessary. Those responsible for enforcing federal law, starting with the POTUS should be held accountable and removed from office for failing to do their duty.

    • John Ambrose

      Look at the fate of California’s Proposition 187. The will of millions of voters thwarted by one liberal Jimmy Carter appointed judge shorty after its was passed by the people.
      And in this instance we’re not talking about a single town or a city but an entire state that’s been ruined despite the will of its (original)inhabitants.

  • dd121

    The folks in that town better be careful. The leftists will send in federal marshals and the national guard to enforce their ethnic demands. Maybe they should also put the town under supreme court supervision till the local yokels get to being right-thinking.

  • Bossman

    Meat packing plants are disgusting and dangerous places to work in. Blood and filth everywhere and teaming with lethal germs. Mostly illegal and desperate immigrants are willing to work in such places yet the residents of that town wants to make live even more hellish for the migrants who are doing the work that citizens won’t do.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      “Mostly illegal and desperate immigrants are willing to work in such places yet the residents of that town want to make life even more hellish for the migrants who are doing the work that citizens won’t do.”

      Bull. Keep repeating that lie. I see plenty of Americans working at the chicken plant down the road after the state authorities started checking worker status.

      So…you like the idea of slave labor conditions for your illegal fellows? You think it’s OK to exploit other human beings by underpaying them for deadly work? Is that your MORAL argument, Jefe?

      Hey…there WAS a time when the labor movement stood up for workers and folks like ol’ Cesar Chavez OPPOSED illegal immigration for just these reasons. Maybe without your precious pet “esclavos” and “peones” we could do something about horrid work conditions even…

      But I lived in Latin America and even the best places have income disparities that make ours look mild. Your solution is to turn HERE into THERE.

      Que payaso mas hipocrito es Ud…

      • Bossman

        A question for you: If you’ve seen Americans doing that sort of work, how come the meat packers in Nebraska have to rely on immigrant labor? Have you tried asking them?

        • Alexandra1973

          How many Nebraskans are unemployed?

          • Bossman

            I don’t know but I doubt that any of them would want to work in slaughter houses.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            How do you doubt this? ANYTHING to back this up, patrone?

          • Alexandra1973

            If the money is right, I bet you’d get some takers.

          • Bossman

            Slaughter houses have always depended on immigrant labor. I recommend that you read the American classic novel: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. That book will open your eyes to many things.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Again, your moral argument is that exploitation is OK because it’s how we roll.

          • Alexandra1973

            That book took place in 1904. Over a century ago. Back then this country probably COULD have afforded to take on immigrants.

            And the immigrants were White. Yeah, they were Irish, German, Lithuanian, and Polish, but WHITE.

            I might add that this was before the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. This was back when our nation was in a LOT better shape than today.

          • Luca

            And if they weren’t subsidized by Government handouts.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          I don’t care. If it meant they have to pay folks a little more like Whites and we had to pay a few more cents for food so what?
          Maybe if executive compensation wasn’t 100 to 1, highest to lowest paid employee, they could afford to not pay CITIZENS like ILLEGAL SLAVES.

          Whatever happened to the dignity of work? Oh yeah, Mexican SLAVE LABOR and enclave dwelling CEO slavers willing to sell their own folk downriver en masse for an extra unearned golden parachute.

          Chop chop…

          • Bossman

            You’ve not answered the question and I don’t think you can. Your explanation doesn’t even make any sense. Just a lot of babble from you as usual.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            You put out one unsupported statement after another and have the gall to say that?

            How do the Germans do it, Jefe? One of the highest standards of living in the world, and an executive to lowest paid compensation rate of around 15:1 is one way they do it. Another way is they have a still relatively high quality, smart and homogeneous NATION, not an oppressive STATE playing off different nationalities against each other to enrich enclave dweller parasites, you know, the LATIN AMERICAN WAY. The way of poverty and exploitation.

        • Extropico

          The solution is a free market wage for real Americans. You get cheap wages that aren’t so cheap when your 15 family members are on government programs. Capitalize the profits and socialize the losses is the crony capitalist motto.

        • MBlanc46

          “[T]he meat packers in Nebraska have to rely on immigrant labor”.

          They have to? Where’s your evidence that they have to, rather than want to?

          • ncpride

            There is none. They know they can get away with paying Mexicans much lower wages. I’ve seen it happen first hand.

          • MBlanc46

            I can just imagine the reaction if an Anglo applies for a job.

    • MBlanc46

      ” [T]he work that citizens won’t do.”

      You keep repeating this slur, but you refuse to provide the slightest bit of empirical evidence for it. Either put up or shut up.

      • Bossman

        The empirical evidence is all around you and speaks for itself. Just yesterday I read a story in NY times of some group speaking for the food industry which said that an enforcement only immigration policy would cost the food industry billions and billions of Dollars.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Maybe the food industry needs to change.

        • MBlanc46

          Someone from the food industry said. Well, that settles it. You obviously haven’t a clue what empirical evidence is. If you had any, you’d provide it. You just keep parroting the party line. It bores us and makes you look a fool. Take it where people as benighted as you are might listen to it.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            LOL, I’m sure “somebody” in the food industry did say something like that.

            It’s called a shill, and shills like that are out for one thing – their self interest. They could care less about the welfare of the country much less the welfare of illegal wage slaves much less the fattification of a country of welfare freaks gobbling down cheap, crappy, fatty garbage.

          • Bossman

            If you want more empirical evidence, then you’ll need to speak directly to one of those guys. I’m sure they will have an answer for you.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Here’s an idea, research it on the internet.

          • Bossman

            You’re not the worth the effort. If you want to doubt me, then you’ll have to do better than just uttering a lot of meaningless babble.

          • Alexandra1973

            So instead of putting forth some effort and actually doing a little bit of research, you’d rather just blindly believe someone.

            What if they told you there’s a Tooth Fairy?

          • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

            Yes, and I’m so surprised, so shocked that a newspaper that the richest Mexican on Earth owns a share of is going to parrot every brainless open borders canard around so that more Mexicans can be on both sides of the border making calls back and forth, and the aforementioned rich Mexican gets a piece of that action.

        • Alexandra1973

          Meaning they’d have to pay actual citizens actual money. That in itself proves that illegals depress wages.

          My dad made beaucoup bucks as a meatcutter in the late 60s and early 70s, over $20 an hour, he said (and that was in ’70s dollars). Nowadays I hear that meatcutters hardly get paid above minimum wage.

      • Erasmus

        Happily, no one believes any longer that merde about “work citizens won’t do.” Those have been weasel words for decades, and an increasingly angry citizenry has now become unafraid to call “Bulltschit!” when they hear them.

    • Max

      You don’t have any idea what is going on. I used to work in Fremont and there are plenty of farmers working at Hormel trying to make a living so don’t pull the string on that “jobs Americans won’t do” toy.

      • Ella

        I agree. Young people need better jobs than making punitive pay at Walmart who may only hire PT. In the Midwest, not all young adults desire to attend college and prefer to stay local with FT jobs at meat/food packing plants. And yes, Native Americans even want these jobs instead of being unemployed on reservations!

    • ncpride

      You are either a liar, or you don’t know what you’re talking about. I grew up in a county that has one of the largest meat packing plants in the country, and back in the 80’s, nearly all the workers were White. Guess which department made the MOST money? Those who worked in the ‘kill hole’, and they didn’t give those jobs up easily. Then , Mexican’s starting pouring in, they lowered wages, so chose them over White Americans. That same company had to change it’s name because of the backlash they received over hiring illegals. That’s a fact.

    • Ella

      Ask the Ponca, Sioux, Winnebago and other local NE/SD Indians about needed employment. They’ll disagree with you. It’s wage busting even when they accepted lower salaries but it’s not low enough for corporations who demand Asian and Mexican immigration.

    • WR_the_realist

      In the 1960s work in slaughterhouses was unionized. Yes, it was always a nasty job, but you could support a family with the work back then. Then the meat packers discovered the joys of illegal immigration. They relocated plants to rural nonunion areas, promising jobs to the locals. Once the plants were built, they staffed them with illegal immigrants. People with no legal status are easy to exploit. Lines were sped up and the jobs were made more dangerous, and real wages declined. If a man got injured he could be tossed out, a case for the emergency room of some taxpayer supported hospital.

      All of this was done with the full approval of progressives, who love illegal immigration.

    • Wilmoto

      Meat packing plants used to be unionized and they paid very good wages.Iowa was a state that had many unionized meat packing plants,that is until an Arkansas governor by the name of Bill Clinton enticed the owners of meat packing plants to re-locate to his state, a right to work state…ironically many large labor unions,despite this knowledge of anti-labor Clinton backed his first run for presidency and also backed him a second after signing anti-labor law Nafta into law as well as getting passed Permanent Trading Status for China so the politicians on the left and right wouldn’t have to embarrass themselves every year and their Big Labor supporters by voting for Most Favored Trading Status for China.They simply made it PERMANENT.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    And of course the typical WP victim spin.

    It sounds like it was run by baby Zuckerbird’s uncles.

  • antiquesunlight

    This makes me so happy.

  • Luca

    Now if we can only get the whole country (you know, “We The People”) to vote on the nation’s immigration law, we’d have nothing to worry about.

  • tickyul

    One way or another, this WILL get shot-down in court…….Federal or State.
    Just like the Filthocrats have been doing to bans on same sex “marriage”…….trashed and burned.
    The Demodummies have the wind at their backs and they are running with it.

  • MBlanc46

    The courts won’t allow this, but I’m encouraged that localities are willing to show their opposition to the invasion. I hope many more join these good people in Nebraska.

    • mikebowen55

      It’s time to ignore these traitors in black robes.

  • ncpride

    Exact same thing happened in NC, so this person is clearly clueless.

  • http://thetrollhouse.ning.com/ John Frum

    Meat packing has always been a shady business. Not much has changed since “The jungle” was written except cleanliness. Maybe