Bill proposes driver’s licenses for children of illegal immigrants
A new bill, presented before the Transportation committee Tuesday afternoon, could change that.
“I took French for seven years. I was also the president of the art club and I was a member of Key Club—which is a local club we had at Central High School,” said Omaha resident Fatima Flores-Lagunas.
“I’ve written different op-ed pieces for different media outlets. We were able to publish some of the stories of immigrant youth, and it is now part of the Library of Congress. I was extremely proud to be able to do that,”
These young immigrants are contributing members of society. Under N
“It’s beyond frustrating,” Fatima-Flores said. “It’s suffocating because we are proactive members of the community. We want to give back to this great nation.”
The DACA program temporarily defers deportations, and allows its members to continue their education and work in the
It does not grant its members citizenship, but Senator Jeremy Nordquist’s proposed bill says it should grant them a license.
“A number of these kids came here when they were one and two and they’re teenagers now,” Senator Nordquist explained at the Tuesday hearing.
“Some of them are in college. They are as much Nebraskan as I am. They know no other place as home,” he added.
More than 25 people spoke in favor of the bill at a Transportation Committee hearing Tuesday, including DACA members—who said
“We have great potential. We’re always at the wave of somebody else’s pen. It’s the president, the governor, or it’s somebody else. I want to be able to have a little control over my life,” said Gallegos.
The bill was met with opposition by several people who argued illegal aliens are not entitled to the same rights as
“I am against granting privileges to those in the
“Healthcare costs, and all that, are going up because of illegal aliens and we’re paying the price for it right now,” said
First, the bill will have to make it out of committee.