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    NEB. Lawmakers override Ricketts' veto of bill, giving driver's licenses to DREAMERS

    Lawmakers override Ricketts' veto of bill, giving driver's licenses to young immigrants

    Sen. Jeremy Nordquist


    Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:58 am
    By JOE DUGGAN and MARTHA STODDARD World-Herald News Service

    LINCOLN ó Nebraska lawmakers voted Thursday to override the governorís veto of legislation that provides driverís licenses to the children of illegal immigrants.

    Senators voted 34-10 to overturn the veto and end Nebraskaís status as the only state to deny driving privileges to a special category of immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

    Many of the immigrants who will benefit from the bill have no familiarity with their birth countries. They have been permitted to stay in the United States, as well as get work permits and Social Security numbers, under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


    Advocates for the bill argued that it didnít make sense to deny driverís licenses to young people who grew up in Nebraska, graduated from high school here and are likely to stay and work in Nebraska.

    Thursdayís vote represented the third time this legislative session lawmakers have overridden vetoes by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

    Senators turned back the governor Wednesday in a historic vote that repealed the death penalty. Earlier in the session, lawmakers overrode his veto of a bill increasing gas taxes by 6 cents to pay for roads maintenance.

    In his veto message, the governor raised concerns that LB 623 would provide licenses to a broader group of illegal immigrants than those targeted by supporters.

    "The bill is wrong on principle, and the bill is overly broad," Ricketts said.

    Opponents said granting driverís licenses rewards illegal behavior, regardless of who was responsible for the young immigrants entering the country.

    Ricketts repeatedly has responded to questions about LB 623 by saying he opposes providing public benefits, including driverís licenses, to illegal immigrants.

    In his veto message, the governor focused on a concern that the bill could be used to provide driverís licenses to a second group of illegal immigrants, not just the young immigrants who grew up in the U.S. That second group includes many parents of children who were born in the U.S. and are citizens. President Obama signed an executive order in November protecting those adults from deportation.

    But 26 states, including Nebraska, challenged the order in federal court. On Tuesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a lower court injunction blocking the order from taking effect.

    State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha, who proposed LB 623, said the injunction means that the larger group of immigrants could not obtain driverís licenses under the bill.

    Nebraskaís policy of denying licenses to young immigrants started three years ago under former Gov. Dave Heineman, who cited a state law that bans providing public benefits to illegal immigrants.

    Three immigrants who have been denied driverís licenses have sued the state over the policy. A judge heard arguments in the case last month but is not expected to issue a ruling until after the legislative session is scheduled to end June 5.

    Legislative Bill 623 passed 34-9, which is four more votes than needed to override the governorís veto. It has support from some of the stateís largest business and agriculture groups, as well as Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, a prominent Republican.

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    Shame on you, Nebraska. Of course, Omaha's slaughter houses and Mayor would support, and agri-business employing many Hispanics would support, so they can go pick up the fertilizer and deliver the crops to the elevators. Had it been stopped at that and only that once upon a time, it may have worked out, but as I told many 30 years ago that it would get out of control, unfortunately with government approval it did. Unfortunately, the ballot does not seem strong enough to stop it, either. Unfortunately little girls and boys are raped, Americans are killed, and the weak are addicted in greater numbers to drugs because of weak ballots. A helluva price has been paid for those driver's licenses! That is shame upon America.

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    I had missed this article. Very sorry to learn that Americans have lost the battle to illegals in Nebraska!

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    Lawmakers override Ricketts' veto of bill, giving driver's licenses to young immigrants
    Excuse me, we're not talking about "young immigrants" here. I'm tired of the media hiding the actual facts to further their own agenda. These folks are not "young immigrants" or Dreamers, they are ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!

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