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Good Turnout Likely for Immigration Vote

By   /   May 19, 2010  /   News  /   8 Comments

Unlike last week’s state primary where voters were few and far between, the polls in Fremont are likely to be busy next month.

In a town where Republicans almost outnumber Democrats and independents combined, Nebraska will add its official voice to the national debate on illegal immigration.

On June 21st Fremont, the former home of Governor Dave Heineman (NE-R),  holds a special election on a controversial ordinance. The proposed city law would prohibit employers from hiring people who are in the country illegally and stop landlords from renting to them.

The measure has a brief but embattled history in the town of 25,000.

In 2008 the City Council, convinced the plan was unconstitutional, narrowly voted it down.

But some residents then launched a successful petition drive taking it directly to the people.

The city went to court to stop the vote with the case going all the way to the Nebraska Supreme Court. The high court, which did not rule on the constitutionality of the issue, did allow the vote to go ahead. 

Dodge County election officials tell Nebraska Watchdog that the City of Fremont has 15,130 voters and nearly half are registered Republicans.

Here’s the numbers:     Republicans       7,205

                                           Democrats          5,124

                                           Independents     2,801

Two other cities, Hazelton, Pennsylvania and Escondido, California passed similar bans. Both would up losing expensive legal fights. The same kind of legal fight many Fremont officials fought to avoid.

During the May 11th Primary only 23% of Dodge County voters voted.

Election watchers expect a far higher turnout in June.

The last day to register to vote in the election is June 4th, early voting begins June 7th.

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Reported by Joe Jordan, joe@nebraskawatchdog.org


Joe formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • Dave Kragness

    Now isn’t it just a pity that the laws covering employers hiring illegals are already on the books but have no teeth to them and are rarely enforced – well I for one say congrats to Fremont for pushing this forward – and to the State Senator who will introduce an AZ type law into the unicameral in January – be sure to follow through with that – and let the word “amnesty” not be heard in this state.

  • MB

    Nebraska’s “Arizona Law” is on the way! According to yesterday’s WH, State Senator Janssen plans to introduce the bill in the next session. The article is one of the most objective that I have seen, but still uses euphemisms like “anti-illegal immigration” to slant the process. (Most supporters of this type of legislation are not “anti” anything, just “pro” secure borders, or legal immigration). Governor Heineman’s comment at the end of the article is a little pollyannaish. He contends that support of such a bill needs closer research “…becasue we’re not sitting on the border”. The heinouse problems related to the invasions of tens of millions of illegal aliens are not relegated to border states. How long do we have to wait for someone in Nebraska to step up the plate with the truth?!


  • Jim J. Enright

    This anti-illegal immigration law will probably pass in Fremont. We’ll see if a shortage of workers results in Fremont. There may be a lot of legal costs associated with defending this measure, if passed, in courts. That this law is even up for a vote reflects the frustration of people with the failure of the national government to adequate control our southern border.

  • CW

    More cities should follow Fremont’s lead!

    There maybe a temporary shortage of illegal workers but companies will soon realize that they will have to put legal workers on the “books” and pay a wage that workers are willing to accept.

  • http://www.popomark@cox.net D Mark

    Fremont, the rest of the State is behind you. If the Citizens of Fremont have never voted before, now is the time to step up to the plate. Our elected officials of this State and Country will do nothing, it is up to the Citizens to make sure our laws are enforced. Can’t wait for January so Sen Janssen can get to work on this problem and hopefully the Citizens of Nebraska will get behind him and support him. Illegal Immigration is against the law and everyone should be aware that our laws are for everyone.

  • JS

    Glad to see Nebraska is taking a strong position on this issue.

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  • http://www.azimmigrationrights.org Luigi Fulk

    I got my voice heard on the Arizona Immigration Law SB 1070 at http://www.azimmigrationrights.org and I’m glad I did.