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UPDATE: City Council hears testimony on resolution supporting DACA

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On Monday, the Lincoln City Council hosted a public hearing over a resolution that would urge Congress and the White House to protect DACA recipients from deportation.

Councilwoman Jane Raybould proposed the measure, saying while it is only a gesture to so–called "dreamers", the council providing such feedback is essential to enacting good policies.

"It is very common for us to work with our federal, state and local officials on pilot programs or provide direct feedback on how federal matters impact our businesses," Raybould said.

Many who testified in support of the measure said dreamers want to participate in all facets of American life.

"They want to work hard, pay taxes and give something back to the city of Lincoln that gave their families a second chance," said Dr. Marty Ramirez.

Not all were pleased with the proposal, including Councilman Roy Christensen, who said Raybould put this on the council's agenda to boost her Senate campaign.

"Citizens do not need a filter between them and their Washington, D.C. elected officials," Christensen said.  "We have wasted staff time and we have wasted money on this."

"The federal government—specifically Congress—is responsible for crafting the laws that determine how and when non–citizens can become naturalized citizens in the United States," said Richard Esquivelo of Lincoln.  "Point of order is I don't think this should be discussed here at this council."

Despite that, the majority of those who testified were in favor of the proposal.

The City Council will vote on this resolution next Monday.

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The city council is looking at a resolution that, if passed, would urge Congress and the White House to protect DACA recipients. 

Councilwoman Jane Raybould says while the resolution is only a gesture to so–called "Dreamers," she says the council providing such feedback is essential to enacting good policies.

"It is very common for us to work with our federal, state and local officials on pilot programs or provide direct feedback on how federal matters impact our businesses," Raybould says.

Some who testified this proposal is just a waste of time.

"The federal government—specifically Congress—is responsible for crafting the laws that determine how and when non–citizens can become naturalized citizens in the United States," says Richard Esquivelo of Lincoln.  "Point of order is I don't think this should be discussed here at this council."

They were only taking testimony on the proposal Monday night and will vote on it in the future.

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