(AP) _

Most of the Fremont residents who spoke at a council meeting were against removing portions of the city's ban on renting housing to people who aren't in the U.S. legally.

Fremont voters approved a measure in 2010 that bans hiring or renting to people who can't prove they are in the country legally. The housing portion of the law has remained on hold while legal challenges to the rules are resolved.

Jon Wiegert, who helped circulate a petition that forced the 2010 election, told council members Tuesday night that he was "very disgusted to hear that the City Council is even thinking of repealing this ordinance that we worked very hard for.''

The proposal must have two more readings before a final council vote.