December 11, 2013
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - Voters in the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont have approved a ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants.
The special election in Fremont on Monday was the latest proposal in a series of immigration regulations taken up by communities around the country. About 57 percent of voters supported the measure, which is expected to be challenged in court.
Supporters say the measure is needed to make up for what they see as lax federal law enforcement. Opponents fear it could fuel discrimination.
Fremont's Hispanic population has surged in the past two decades, largely due to jobs at two nearby meatpacking plants.