The city of Fremont could soon face large legal bills related to the court fight over its illegal immigration ordinance.
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to award it $709,245 in legal fees because it prevailed on part of its challenge to the law. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund may also seek compensation for its legal fees.
In her ruling last month, U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp upheld the ordinance's requirement that employers verify workers' immigration statuses, but rejected one part of the rule related to permits for potential renters.
The city and the civil rights groups that challenged the law are all appealing parts of the ruling.