A law banning residents from hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants has been suspended by the city council of Fremont, Neb., days before it was to take effect. Council members voted 8-0 to suspend the controversial, voter-approved law until lawsuits challenging it are resolved, to save the city money in legal costs, the AP reports.
City officials estimate that it will cost $1 million a year to implement the ban and defend it in court. Some Fremont residents, however, complain that the council is using the cost as an excuse to thwart voters’ wishes. After the vote, a Presbyterian minister led a group of 20 people to deliver roses of ”compassion and solidarity” to a trailer park mostly inhabited by Latinos. ”This is ground zero for anti-immigrant sentiment in Nebraska,” he tells the Omaha World-Herald. (Read more immigration stories.)