Scribner, Neb. — Voters in an eastern Nebraska community have decided to bar employing or renting residences to people living in the U.S. illegally.
The proposed ordinance in Scribner was approved by more than 69 percent of voters Tuesday. The Scribner City Council voted in July to put the issue on the general election ballot.
The push for such rules came as the area prepares for an influx of workers for Costco’s new chicken processing plant in neighboring Fremont.
The Costco plant will employ 1,000 workers when it opens next year and could change the face of Scribner, known to be a predominantly white farm town about 60 miles northwest of Omaha.
Representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska and the Immigrant Legal Center of Omaha have spoken out against the ordinance.