Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

June-22-10

Fremont, Nebraska, Passes Anti-Immigration Measure

Voters in Fremont, Nebraska, passed an ordinance yesterday that will ban employers and landlords from hiring or renting to illegal immigrants. The ordinance, which was supported by approximately 57 percent of Fremont's voters, has propelled Nebraska to the forefront of the national debate on illegal immigration, alongside Arizona. The ACLU plans to challenge the ordinance in court. Director of the ACLU Nebraska, Laurel Marsh, has called the law discriminatory and un-American, according to CBS.

The measure requires all potential renters to apply for city licenses, which verify that they are in the country legally. Officials must withhold these licenses if they find that the would-be renters are illegal immigrants. Similarly, employers must confirm that potential employees are legal residents through a federal database, reported the Associated Press.

In recent years, the Hispanic population of Fremont has surged. Approximately 2,000 of Fremont's population of 25,000 are both legal and illegal Hispanic residents, reported CBS News. This surge in population has helped fuel support for the measure, as some claim illegal immigrants are draining community resources. However, opponents of the measure contend that there is not an illegal immigration problem in Fremont and cite the town's low unemployment as proof.

Related laws have passed in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, and Farmers Branch, Texas, although both laws were overturned by higher courts. The towns are currently working to appeal the decisions, a process which has cost each town millions of dollars, according to an Immigration Ordinance Fact Sheet.

The Fremont measure comes after passage of Arizona's strict immigration law in April. According to the New York Times, Arizona's immigration law gives police the power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally if they are not carrying immigration documents. A coalition of civil rights groups filed a lawsuit against the law on May 17.

Media Resources: Associated Press 6/22/10; CNN 6/22/10; CBS News 6/21/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/17/10; New York Times 4/23/10; Immigration Ordinance Fact Sheet 6/2/10


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

1/27/2016 Study Exposes 'Gender Gap' in Media Coverage of Reproductive Issues - A new study by the Women's Media Center has revealed more than half of news stories focusing on reproductive issues are written by men. According to WMC Media Watch: the Gender Gap in Coverage of Reproductive Issues, men penned 52 percent of bylines discussing issues of reproductive health care - including contraception and abortion - compared to just 37 percent by women. . . .
 
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position. Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .
 
1/26/2016 Anti-Abortion Extremists Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos Indicted - Two anti-abortion extremists responsible for last year's misleading videos attacking Planned Parenthood have been indicted on criminal charges by a grand jury in Houston, Texas. On Monday, Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson announced that David Daleiden, the director of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) - the group behind deceptive videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of illegally selling fetal tissue - was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and on a misdemeanor charge related to the purchasing of human organs. . . .