Campaigning has intensified on the eve of a special election over Fremont’s immigration ordinance.
Voters in Fremont go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to repeal a portion of the strict immigration ordinance voters approve in 2010.
Paul Von Behren with the group “Our Vote Should Count” argues Fremont taxpayers should leave the ordinance alone.
“The biggest cost is in educating the children of illegal aliens,” Von Behren tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KHUB.
Von Behren estimates the cost of education the children of illegal immigrants at $4.5 million.
Supporters of repeal question such numbers, claiming the cost of illegal immigration has been exaggerated.
Virginia Meyer with “Fremont Yes” says the special election gives Fremont voters the chance to decide the issue on their own.
“We know more than we did in the past; being able to make a decision on our own without a court telling us or without anyone else telling us what to do we can vote again and get this the way we would want it to be for Fremont,” Meyer tells KHUB.
Voters will decide whether to keep a portion of the law that requires landlords to determine the legal status of renters. The 8th United States Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the city’s authority to keep illegal immigrants from renting in the city.
Another portion of the ordinance requires businesses to use the federal E-Verify system to determine the legal status of workers. That portion is not a part of the special election Tuesday.
Connie Green with KHUB contributed to this article.