Published: Jun 22, 2010 1:46 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 22, 2010 10:47 AM EDT

     FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - Voters in the eastern Nebraska city of
Fremont have approved a ban on hiring or renting property to
illegal immigrants.
      The special election in Fremont on Monday was the latest
proposal in a series of immigration regulations taken up by
communities around the country. About 57 percent of voters
supported the measure, which is expected to be challenged in court.
      Supporters say the measure is needed to make up for what they
see as lax federal law enforcement. Opponents fear it could fuel
discrimination.
      Freemont's Hispanic population has surged in the past two
decades, largely due to jobs at two nearby meatpacking plants.
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      Online:
      City of Fremont's information on proposed ordinance:
http://www.fremontne.gov/index.aspx?NID(equals)434
      Dodge County Election Commissioner:
http://www.dodgecounty.ne.gov/election.html
      ACLU Nebraska: http://www.aclunebraska.org