In this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 photo, Ron McKenzie holds a prayer program titled “Love Conquers Fear” following a service at the First United Methodist Church in Fremont, Neb. The service was held ahead of a special election on Tuesday, Feb. 11, to decide whether to drop housing restrictions against illegal immigrants, as had been approved by Fremont voters in the 2010 elections. The city leaders scheduled the special election because of concerns the housing restrictions could cost them millions in federal grants and lead to more lawsuits against the city. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Almost four years after a small Nebraska city tried to crack down on illegal immigration, the town is having second thoughts about requiring all renters to swear that they have legal permission to be in the United States.
In an election Tuesday, voters in Fremont will have a chance to repeal the housing restrictions, which critics say are less effective and more costly than anyone expected and damaging to the city’s image.
This conservative agricultural hub near Omaha, population 26,000, was one of a handful of cities that have acted on their own over the last decade to curb illegal immigration. Most of those efforts have become mired in costly court battles.
The same is true in Fremont, where the regulations were adopted in 2010 but put on hold while courts reviewed the law. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld most of the ordinance in 2013, and the city was getting ready to enforce the housing restrictions for the first time last fall when elected officials Login to read more