United States Senate candidate Ben Sasse says Fremont has been tied up over immigration, because the federal government has failed to act on the issue.
Sasse, president of Midland University in Fremont, declines to react directly about the vote to uphold the city’s strict immigration ordinance.
“The reason Fremont is having to wrestle with illegal immigration problems is just because we have a federal government that is fundamentally abdicating its basic responsibilities to secure the border,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Cities are not the places that are built to try to manage immigration issues, but Fremont has been thrust into this rough position of having to try to manage illegal immigration, because we have a border that’s not secured.”
Fremont voters soundly rejected changing an ordinance they approved in 2010, which prevents illegal immigrants from renting housing in Fremont.
Sasse, a Republican, speculates more local governments might feel compelled to address the issue.
“My guess is you are going to see more cities feeling like they need to step up to the plate, because we have a federal government that doesn’t fulfill its duties,” according to Sasse. “We need to secure the border. We need to do it yesterday.”