On Monday, voters in Fremont will head to the polls to vote on a special ordinance that would ban renting to or hiring illegal immigrants. John Wiegert pushed for a petition that gathered enough signatures to force the special election. He says statistics in Fremont show there is a problem and it does need to be dealt with.
“12-percent of workforce at Fremont Beef being here illegally, with stolen identity, shows Fremont does have a problem. That’s only the ones that were caught. That is the tip of the iceberg. I would hate to see what is going on over at Hormel. They employ 13-hundred… what 13-50.”
Susan Smith is the head of the Nebraska Advisory Board and says there is a problem and she says it is very understandable as to why the city may be against it.
“Illegal immigration is big business. You have the city making money. You’ve got hospitals, the schools making money, federally matched funds. The welfare programs are federally matched and the business who are benefitting from it to. The only people being harmed by this are the citizens and they are just tired of it. Obviously, they do have a problem or it wouldn’t have come this far because they have been up against so much opposition.”
Petition circulator and ordinance supporter Jerry Hart says statistics don’t lie.
“If you look at the Heritage Foundation statistics, they have done research. They say 80 to 85 percent of the people coming into the country since 1995 are coming in illegally. If you look at Fremont, most of the people in the Hispanic group are young, have come in since that time so based on those facts the odds are you are probably safe saying 85-percent of those are illegal. They keep saying how hard it is to become legal because they only get five-thousand visa’s a year. If that is the case, how are these people flooding into Fremont. We started out with 140 people back in 1990 and we are up to about 1,950 in 2009.”
There are many who say this is racism. Wiegert says this statement couldn’t be farther than the truth.
“They refer to us as being racist. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Our country was built by immigrants and that what we are for. We are for legal immigrants. We are just opposed to these illegal aliens who are invading our country bringing drugs, gangs, violence an causing a burden that is going to grow years to come… if we don’t pass this ordinance. I’m telling people in Fremont to vote for this. You’ve got to.”
Again, the special election is Monday.