Proposal Would Amend Fremont Immigrant Ban

By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email
By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email

Most of the Fremont residents who spoke at a City Council meeting Tuesday night were against removing portions of the city's ban on renting housing to people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Fremont voters approved a measure in 2010 that bans hiring or renting to those who can't prove they are in the country legally. The housing portion of the law has remained on hold while legal challenges to the rules are resolved.

About 20 people spoke at Fremont City Hall Tuesday night. “Kind of a discouraging evening, but it was wonderful to see everybody in the room that still want their vote to count and I hope their vote does count."

“We saw it as something negative and we really as a family had to think about whether we wanted to join a community that had a very popular ordinance that had a negative perception across the country.”

Jon Wiegert, who helped circulate a petition that forced the 2010 election, told council members he was "very disgusted to hear that the City Council is even thinking of repealing this ordinance that we worked very hard for."

The proposal must have two more readings before a final council vote. The ordinance will be discussed again on November 12th.

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