State Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha is working on legislation that would allow certain illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses in the state of Nebraska.
Nordquist says the issue falls directly under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Those under 16 years of age in the U.S. by June 15, 2012 could remain in the country if they had no criminal record.
Nordquist says the majority of Democrats and Republicans in Congress support doing something for these individuals that were brought into the country as children. He says these children already have documentation as in social security numbers or a work permit. He says the rest of the undocumented population does not have that paperwork and would not qualify. Nordquist says, that is a line, at least at this point, I’m not convinced we should cross and I think that would be a much tougher policy sell.”
Nebraska is the only state that does not allow driver’s licenses issued to those in the country illegally.