Oberst On Immigration

A concert protesting an ordinance in Fremont, Neb., that fines landlords and employers that rent to or hire illegal immigrants faced a protest of its own when supporters of the law rallied outside the show July 31.

Proceeds from Conor Oberst’s Concert for Equality were offered to the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska to aid in the group’s lawsuit against Fremont.

Oberst didn’t mince words when he spoke to Omaha’s World-Herald regarding his views on the ordinance.

“It’s immoral, it’s un-American, it’s unconstitutional, it’s unenforceable, it’s hurtful, it’s hateful, it’s racist and it’s going to create far more problems than it’s going to solve,” he told the paper in the leadup to the concert. “It’s going to create racial tension in Fremont and across Nebraska.”

But some supporters of the law found Oberst’s view’s offensive, demanding for the singer to make an apology.

“I think Conor Oberst is the one that is racist,” Susan Smith of the Nebraskans Advisory Group told the World-Herald before gathering outside the concert where the group waved American flags and signs reading “Deport Conor Oberst.”

Officials in Fremont have reportedly voted to suspend the ordinance until two civil-rights lawsuits against the measure are settled.