With the eyes of the state and the nation looking on, the results are in and the voters have spoken: Fremont will ban the renting to and hiring of illegal immigrants within the city limits.
The results are as follows: 3906 voted for = 57-percent, versus 2908 voted against = 42-percent.
The Dodge County clerk’s office was busy during the evening counting results and Election Commissioner Fred Mytty says even though the totals are in, more votes still need to be counted. Mytty expects to have all the votes counted officially this Monday.
The ordinance has passed and state advocacy groups say they will file a lawsuit against the city to overturn the ordinance. According to its website, ACLU Nebraska has promised to file suit as soon as possible to stop the ordinance from going into effect. ACLU Executive Director Laurie Marsh says a law such as the ordinance is unconstitutional.
Marsh also states on the website it will work with concerned citizens here in town to get such laws repealed, like the ones in Arizona, California and Pennsylvania.
The author of the ordinance and attorney of the petitioners, Kris Kobach, has also spoken and congratulated Fremont for taking a stand not only against illegal immigration, but what he calls intimidation tactics from the ACLU and other advocate groups. Kobach also says he will fight the ACLU if a lawsuit comes to the courts.
Kobach was the author of other city ordinances such as the ones in Farmers Branch Texas and Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He is also the writer of the Arizona law as well.
Thanks to Bill Dickson, KHUB, Fremont