Thursday, April 10, 2014

Home Sweet Home? U.S. Nebraska City Ready to Enforce Immigration Rules

Josh Funk of the Associated Press reports that Fremont, Nebraska will start requiring renters to get a $5 permit on Thursday. Earlier this year, voters in the city of about 26,000 again backed the housing restrictions that require renters to swear that they have legal immigration status and prohibit landlords from renting to anyone without a city permit.


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Housing verification would be incredibly effective (which probably explains why you do not hear much about it). Of course, to be truly effective the law should be national. If it is just a city, then there are plenty of options around that city to reside illegally.

“Elliott said that if the landlord continues to allow a renter without a license to stay, the landlord could be fined $100.”

$100? That is not enough to deter illegal renting. Imagine how effective such laws would be if eventually the owner would have to forfeit the property. Even if your audit rate only reached a small percentage of properties, it would still be too risky to flout the law.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 10, 2014 10:46:34 PM

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