Scribner, Neb. — The city council in an eastern Nebraska community has decided to let voters decide whether to bar employing or renting residences to people living in the U.S. illegally.
The Scribner council voted 4-0 Monday to put a proposed ordinance on the November ballot. Last month the council gave the proposal an initial approval.
The push for such rules comes 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’s population, which is 96 percent white. Many officials interviewed for a state labor study have said the plant will likely require new residents to fill half the jobs.
Scribner’s ordinance mirrors a similar ordinance in Fremont, which went into effect four years ago.