The city of Fremont will hold a special election February 11th to decide the fate of the controversial ordinance relating to illegal immigration. Council members voted seven-to-one on Tuesday for a resolution calling for the special election.
The opposing vote was from Councilman John Anderson, who says he feels those who want to repeal the issue should do so through a petition process, the same process that brought about the matter to begin with. One of the original supporters of the ordinance, Bob Warner, says he’s not happy with another vote.
“How are you going to even this playing field?” Warner asks. “You know damn well as good as I do what’s going to happen. You’re going to have big money coming out to get this election through, who’s going to talk for the 4,000 that voted the first time?”
The ordinance barred Fremont landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. Fremont resident Jose Rodriguez, however, says he appreciates the opportunity to vote on the measure a second time.
“It’s really good to see there is hope for Fremont and that Fremont is building a better future and is looking at who will build a better future,” Rodriguez says, “not on making this a safe haven for a bunch of people leads by their fears of immigrants.”
Council members also voted to suspend the enforcement of those sections of the ordinance until 30 days after the results of the special election have been verified. Under the ordinance, Fremont landlords found renting to anyone without a permit could face fines of $100 per unlicensed adult tenant per day.
By Connie Green, KHUB, Fremont