Nebraska lawmakers advance licenses bill for immigrants

May 20, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would allow driver's licenses for immigrant youths brought to the country illegally as children has advanced to a final vote in the Nebraska Legislature.

Senators gave the measure second-round approval Tuesday with a 37-9 vote. Opponents mounted a four-hour filibuster but failed to block the proposal.

Nebraska is the only state that does not give licenses to the youths who stayed in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, approved by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Supporters of the bill say the youths contribute to Nebraska's economy. Some conservative senators say it rewards illegal behavior.

Gov. Pete Ricketts supports the current state policy, but has declined to say whether he would sign or veto the bill.

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