Why is Immigration Such a Big Deal in Fremont, Neb.?


The town of Fremont, Neb., was settled by European immigrants. Residents celebrate their past, but are struggling with their newest wave of immigrants.

In June, residents voted for an ordinance requiring businesses and landlords to verify citizenship, making it harder to harbor, rent to or hire illegal aliens.

In a place where unemployment is about half the national average and the crime rate remains unchanged, many are wondering why there. The population of legal Hispanics has risen to about 8 percent of the population, but there aren't actual figures of the number of illegal immigrants.

Residents say having Hispanics in town isn't the problem. They just want to make sure businesses hire and landlords rent to legal citizens.

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