Neb. Town Votes to Restrict Illegal Immigrants

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The small Nebraska city of Fremont has thrown itself into the national debate over illegal immigration.

Residents have voted overwhelmingly for a ban on hiring or renting to illegal immigrants. Fifty-seven percent of the voters approved the measure.

Under the ban, the city would have to check the legal status of would-be renters and turn illegal immigrants over to the federal government. Employers would be fined for hiring illegal workers.

"I don't think it's right to be able to rent to them or hire them," said Trevor McClurg, who argued the measure is fair because it's aimed at people who aren't legally in the U.S. "They shouldn't be here in the first place."

Opponents say the ban will force the town into costly court battles it can't afford. The American Civil Liberties Union has already promised to sue over the ban.

"In a community of 25,000, it's going to be hard to take on the whole country, and it will be costly to do so," said Fremont City Councilman Scott Getzschman, who opposed the measure but said city leaders would support the results.

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