Ricketts vetoes driver's licenses bill for immigrant youth

May 28, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Governor Pete Ricketts has vetoed a bill that would end Nebraska's ban on driving privileges for young people brought to the state illegally as children but allowed to stay under a federal program.

Ricketts argued Wednesday that the bill would grant driver's licenses to an overly broad group of people in the country illegally.

The federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program announced by President Barack Obama gives the youths a Social Security number, a work permit and protection from deportation.

Lawmakers gave the measure final approval last week on a 34-9 vote, a large enough margin to override the veto. Nebraska remains the nation's only state to exclude the youth from driver's license eligibility.

Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha says he expects lawmakers will override the veto on Thursday.

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