Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Voters in Fremont, Nebraska passed a much-debated immigration measure Monday that would prohibit businesses and landlords from hiring or renting to illegal immigrants.
The ordinance had divided the community and put the eastern Nebraskan city into national headlines.
A local organization decried the new ordinance on its website.
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“It is with great disappointment and sadness that tonight we acknowledge a majority of Fremont voters approving this misguided ordinance,” the group called One Fremont-One Future said. “In reality, the passage of this ordinance shows that we have much work to do in our community to educate, break down barriers, and build relationships.”
The American Civil Liberties Union has indicated it will file a lawsuit.
Similar measures were passed in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, and Farmers Branch, Texas, but they were later struck down by the courts.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 7:13 am