Man Arrested for Protesting City's Rental Permits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FREMONT, Neb. The city of Fremont has made its first arrest related to an ordinance requiring anyone who wants to rent there to obtain a license and swear they have legal permission to live in the country.

A Washington state man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing after protesting the rules aimed at restricting illegal immigration, but otherwise local officials say the process has been going smoothly.

Fremont Police Chief Jeff Elliott says more than 200 rental licenses have been issued to people who applied and paid the $5 fee since the city started the process on April 10.

Only applicants who say they aren't U.S. citizens are investigated. Elliott says fewer than 10 of the applications warranted that follow up by checking with a federal database.

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