Nebraska city keeps rules aimed at illegal immigration

Feb 12, 2014

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Voters in the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont have decided to keep an ordinance that requires all renters to swear they are legally living in the U.S.

A majority of local voters agreed Tuesday to support restrictions they first adopted in 2010.

Elected officials decided last fall to ask voters to rethink the ordinance. It was part of an effort to crack down on illegal immigration in Fremont, which is northwest of Omaha.

A federal appeals court signed off on the ordinance last year. But Tuesday's vote was scheduled because of concerns about how much the regulations would cost the city in legal fees and lost federal grants, and the effect they have on the city's reputation.

Supporters said it was important to take a stand against illegal immigration.

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