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Neb. city reaffirms taking on illegal immigration

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 | 12:08 a.m.

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Voters in a small Nebraska city have reaffirmed their desire to take on illegal immigration.

Nearly 60 percent of voters in Fremont decided Tuesday to keep an ordinance that requires all renters to swear they have legal permission to live in the U.S.

Residents first approved the rules in 2010, with 57 percent of the vote. Critics had pushed for the new vote, saying the housing restrictions would be ineffective and could cost Fremont millions of dollars in legal fees and lost federal grants.

Local resident Paul Von Behren says he's glad voters supported the ordinance but the question now is whether the city will implement it.

Fremont, a conservative agricultural hub near Omaha, is one of only a handful of cities trying to restrict illegal immigration.