Arizona, Nebraska Take Stand Against Obama’s Amnesty

After spending more than a decade in finance, Michael Volpe has worked as a freelance journalist since 2009. He's based in Chicago. Volpe published his first book in October 2012, titled "Prosecutors Gone Wild: The Inside Story of the Trial of Chuck Panici, John Gliottoni, and Louise Marshall." His new book, "The Definitive Dossier of PTSD in Whistleblowers," is now available.


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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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  • davarino

    Again, I wish our governor, Rick Perry, would have the same intestinal fortitude, but he's in it more for himself than the State of Texas. My total respect for such courageous people like Brewer, Heinman, Bachman, and Scott Walker. You politicians signed up to serve this country, not yourselves.

  • marios

    If at least 50% Republicans would be alike Brewer, Heinman, Bachman, and Scott Walker. They are backbone of country but not, alas, Republican's establishment. Democrats/leftists/socialists are actually enemies of founding Fathers' America. Obama with his accomplices are bribing one slide of population by another using not his/their own money but our, tax payers money. All that entitlement programs and propaganda are pure bribe on someone else money to keep them in power for ever. G-d help us in Nov to have Romney-Rayan in WH!

  • Charles Wenzel

    Since America, within the week, has now between 800,000 and 2,000,000 newly counted 'job seekers', will "looking for work but unable to find it" unemployment #'s go up, to around 9%? And if not, why not? Obama can't have his cake and eat it too, can he? (And the media's response: "Talk to the hand.")

  • tagalog

    I like the part about them revealing themselves as illegal immigrants so that a President who is more willing to obey the law of the land will find it easier to enforce that law down the road a piece.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, Texas has too many illegal immigrant that business men have benefit for years and its more hispanic than Arizona. Arizona has a lot of guts considering it was once almost 30 percent Hispanic mainly Mexican to back getting rid of illegal immigrants. There are Hispanics that have not liked the hiring of illegals but the media will manipulative the situation.

  • marios

    President Obama executive order on illigal immigrants are one of his aspect his war agains our wonderful country.
    He softly say does not like US and that is why he appologized for this country before Islamo fashists regimes leaders.
    G-d bless real patriots Brewer, Heinman, Bachman, Scott Walker and others alike. Their courage give country hope for restoration it back.

  • Reacher

    Every State Governor, on the side of the taxpayer, MUST also support this…The handwriting is on the wall for Obama…Kinda glad he can't read…or hear…or see…

  • Ghostwriter

    I don't know what to say on this.

  • Alvin Schoenbergh

    I hope other states follow…except California, Minneapolis, Florida and other gay loving, atheistic, Islamic supporter and moslem loving states. I love my country and I'm proud to say that I am a patriot.

  • noonespecial

    Amazing how these so called great thinkers wish to solve a major problem we are facing as a nation, and yet everyone; including Obama, only perpetuate the issues to make it worse. The solution is not that difficult; stop with the specifics on immigration my God I read the stipulations and requirements and it seems so damn pointless. It's going to be impossible to completely stop illegal migration so put your minds and our money to some use and create a fair system where each individual is tested on their own merit. Start now!!! I don't condone illegals that consciously came here, but even in some of those cases lives were in danger; most of you cannot even comprehend the violence and the fear some of these people have experienced. But you are so bold to state that these innocent kids deserve absolutely nothing! To hell with you narrow minded simpletons and that includes Brewer I find her ideals of so called justice to be abysmal and appalling. We're all one ladies and gentlemen when your hour comes it doesn't really matter where you lived or what nationality you were; the universe doesn't make judgments on race, religion, ethnicity, or your f***ing politics! It's what you do with your time that counts and if you can influence even one life through decency and compassion; then you may very well change the world: Empathy is the cure. So if all you can see is the surface value then please shut the hell up!