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      Fremont To Enforce Voter-Approved Immigration Illegal Rules

      Franque Thompson

      FREMONT, NE (KPTM)- The national battle over immigration is now showing up in a small Nebraska town. Fremont's controversial housing ordinance that keeps illegal immigrants from renting housing was passed again, Tuesday night. The push to get rid of the ordinance was defeated in a special election.

      Nearly 60 percent of voters marked their ballots to keep the ordinance. However, those against it said they want a recount.

      "Not everybody's racist, who's to say some of those people didn't chuck out some of those ballots? You know, I didn't see any Hispanic person at any certain time standing there watching it," said Victoria Valdez, against the ordinance.

      Voters said yes, again, to stop renting housing to illegal immigrants in Fremont. The special election comes after voters approved the same ordinance back in 2010.

      "If this was a special election, why didn't they have special people watching it and counting those ballots? Everybody's asking that," said Valdez.

      Valdez was born and raised in Nebraska. She said she is saddened to see the controversy of the national immigration policy debate happen right here in the heartland of America.

      "It doesn't prove anything except for now we're segregated. They're going to segregate us again...there's going to be the Hispanics that live at this address and this address and this address. And the white people live at this address," said Valdez.

      Valdez said she's afraid discrimination from the new rules will divide her small town. But said, still, voters made up their mind back in 2010--and have made it clearer now.

      "If some voted towards yes and some voted no, it's not going to matter. It's done and over with. We got to let it go," said Valdez.

      Fremont officials said police will be enforcing this ordinance as soon as the results are certified. The policy is expected to begin in 30 days.

      The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska said it will file lawsuits if tenants report discrimination.

      fthompson@kptm.com

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