Judge asked to stop Neb. driver's license denials

Jul 26, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 24-year-old Lincoln woman is asking a judge to bar Nebraska from enforcing its policy of denying driver's licenses to people who were brought into the country illegally as children but allowed to stay under a new federal program.

Attorneys for Mayra Saldana are seeking a judge's order to block the state policy while a federal lawsuit winds through the courts. Saldana came to the United State from Mexico at age 2, and is now a student at Peru State College. She has been granted lawful status as part of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Governor Dave Heineman has said the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will not grant licenses or other public benefits to people who are in the country illegally, unless required by state law.

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