Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Nebraska city votes to bar hiring illegal immigrants

Voters in a city in the US state of Nebraska have backed a ban on local businesses and landlords hiring or renting to illegal immigrants.

About 57% of voters supported the move, which is likely to be the subject of a court challenge.
The vote in Fremont is the result of a two-year fight by residents concerned by an influx of Hispanic workers.
Other states and cities want similar laws, saying the federal government has failed to tackle the problem.

US President Barack Obama has made immigration reform a priority, but has warned the task is being made harder by the actions of Arizona, Fremont and others.
The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union had threatened to sue the city if the law were passed.
BBC News

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