Scott Getzschman is mayor of Fremont, Nebraska, which he describes as the only community in the U.S. with an ordinance that requires renters to obtain a local license certifying their citizenship. He says approximately one-third of the city's 3,000 Hispanic residents are undocumented.
He is concerned about executive actions that President Barack Obama might take as early as this week, to shield up to 5 million immigrants from deportation. Getzschman told Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that immigration is a "difficult issue" that "takes logical people and puts them on both sides of the fence."
"I truly feel that before you would do a blanket amnesty, you must, to go any further you have to seal the borders. This is a band-aid approach to immigration reform. And truly I don’t feel it’s a solution to the problem," he said.
- Scott Getzschman, mayor of Fremont, Nebraska.
This segment aired on November 19, 2014.