Thursday, June 24, 2010

Arizona, Nebraska, Anywhere

Voters in the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont on Monday approved a ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, the latest proposal in a series of immigration regulations taken up by communities around the country.

About 57 percent of voters in Fremont supported the proposal, according to unofficial results that still must be certified by the election commissioner. The measure is likely to face a long and costly court battle, with the American Civil Liberties Union saying it will try to block it before it even goes into effect.

In Nebraska, the local Fremont Beef and Hormel meatpacking plants have been importing and employing illegal immigrants for years, while the federal government did nothing. Therefore, the locals took action.

The "progressive" intelligentsia can snicker, and the media doesn't like it, but there's probably no where in this country where a similar ballot initiative would fail.

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