Nebraska city again voting on immigrant housing ban

Feb. 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

FREMONT, Neb., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Voters in a Nebraska city will again weigh in Tuesday on a controversial ordinance designed to prevent illegal immigrants from renting housing.

Fremont voters first approved the measure in 2010, after the City Council passed the ordinance in 2008 but turned to voters to approve it after public protests. Voters did so, by 14 percentage points.

The measure has been tied up in court challenges since its inception and most of it, save a requirement for city business owners to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure workers are not here illegally, has never been enforced, the Omaha World-Herald said.

The measure would require all landlords to obtain a city permit. Renters would also be required to obtain a $5 permit from the city, during which their immigration status would be verified.

Opponents of the law staged a petition drive for a special election to overturn the law's housing requirements for renters.

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