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The state of Nebraska is following the lead of the state of Arizona in announcing that, in the Cornhusker State, illegal aliens that qualify for deferred action under President Obama’s recent administrative amnesty will not qualify for in-state tuition, welfare benefits, or a driver’s license.
Governor David Heinman, Nebraska’s Republican governor, issued this terse statement announcing his state’s plans last Friday.
President Obama’s deferred action program to issue employment authorization documents to illegal immigrants does not make them legal citizens. The State of Nebraska will continue its practice of not issuing driver’s licenses, welfare benefits or other public benefits to illegal immigrants unless specifically authorized by Nebraska statute.
Earlier in the week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer became the first governor in the nation to announce that her state would not grant welfare, in-state tuition, or driver’s licenses to any illegal alien that qualifies for the President’s new administrative amnesty program. The executive order announced by President Obama on June 15 accomplishes administratively what he and his Democratic allies couldn’t accomplish legislatively through the DREAM Act.
As the [Department of Homeland Security] has said repeatedly … these individuals do not have lawful status,” Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson told the Arizona Republic in announcing his boss’s executive order. “They are able to remain in the country and not be deported, and not be prosecuted, but they do not have lawful status.
According to Jessica Vaughan, policy analyst with the Center for Immigration Studies, both Brewer and Heinman’s announcements shows the limits of President Obama’s proposal in July.
On June 15 of this year, President Obama stood in the Rose Garden and announced that he was ordering the Department of Homeland Security to grant deferred action status to anyone here illegally that came to the United States with their parents before the age of 15. These individuals must be thirty years of age and younger and have a clean criminal record, according to the announcement.
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