Gov. Pete Ricketts opposes a move by legislators to grant driver’s licenses to the children of immigrants who entered the country illegally.
Nebraska lawmakers advanced to LB 623 last week on a 37-8 vote.
The bill allows driver’s licenses to DREAMers, young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.
Ricketts had not previously discussed the bill.
“The principle I’ve talked about widely has been I don’t believe we ought to give taxpayer benefits to people who came here illegally,” Ricketts told reporters during a news conference.
When asked if he would veto the bill, Ricketts declined to address the question directly, stating he wants the Unicameral to go through its process and lawmakers still have more work to do.
Ricketts did outline his principle on the issue.
“It is a privilege to be able to have a driver’s license,” Ricketts stated. “That is a benefit for being a citizen here in the state. That is why it is reserved for people who are here legally.”
Nebraska is the only state that does not grant driver’s licenses to DREAMers.