Nebraska ends ban on driver's licenses for immigrant youths

May 28, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Legislature has overridden the governor's veto and ended the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children.

Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 34-10 to override Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who has backed the strict policy of his GOP predecessor to deny the licenses.

President Barack Obama announced an executive action in 2012 that gives the youths a Social Security number, a two-year work permit and protection from deportation. Although a few states initially announced that they would deny licenses to those youth, only Arizona and Nebraska ultimately adopted policies to exclude them. A court blocked Arizona's law in July.

Supporters of the plan in Nebraska say the youth shouldn't be penalized for their parents' actions.

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