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ACLU: Nebraska Finally Joins 49 Sister States That Allow Dreamers Drivers Licenses

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May 28, 2015

CONTACT: Tyler Richard, (402) 476-8091 x104, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 LINCOLN, Neb – Today, thirty four Nebraska State Senators, a super majority, voted to override Governor Pete Rickett’s veto of LB 623, a bill that allows young immigrants participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program to access driver’s licenses. The law is effective immediately and the ACLU’s expectation is that that starting Friday, DREAMers will be able to receive licenses at all DMV locations.

 Statement from Danielle Conrad, Executive Director

Today is a proud day for Nebraska. This victory belongs to the amazing young people who were empowered to speak out and become effective advocates for themselves and their neighbors. The Nebraska “Dreamers” were well organized and tireless in their effort to persuade legislators that this discrimination was hurting them, their families, and our state. We commend the strong support of Nebraska State Senators, business leaders, agricultural leaders, faith groups and other partners who came together to make this victory possible. Today our state finally closes a dark chapter of unlawful governmental discrimination against these talented young people. Today Nebraska joins our 49 sister states and ensures that these young immigrants can access driver's license so they can actively contribute to our communities and economies.

The ACLU is committed to carefully monitoring the swift implementation of this law. We will be working with our partners to educate DREAMers about the process of obtaining a license. We stand ready to take complaints should any DREAMer experience difficulties at a DMV. Once our clients and other DREAMers have licenses in their hands we will happily make preparations to end our long-running litigation against the state of Nebraska on this issue.

 For a copy of the ACLU’s fact sheet for DREAMers about obtaining a driver’s license: http://aclunebraska.org/images/attachments/240_FAQ%20-%20Getting%20a%20Drivers%20License%20in%20NE.pdf

 To make a complaint about potential discrimination at the DMV please contact us at: http://aclunebraska.org/gethelp


ACLU in court today seeking driver’s licenses for DREAMers

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April 29, 2015

CONTACT: Tyler Richard, (402) 476-8091 x104, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lincoln, Neb – ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director Danielle Conrad issued the following statement regarding today’s state court trial to allow DACA recipients, known as DREAMers, to have driver’s licenses. The ACLU filed the case on behalf of young immigrants permitted to work or go to school in the U.S. who have graduated from a Nebraska high school. A bill, LB 623, is pending in the Nebraska Legislature would reaffirm state law to provide licenses for DREAMers.

“Our clients and other DREAMers are hardworking young people who are lawfully present in our state. Providing the ability to travel to work and school would allow these young people to fully contribute to our communities and our economy. The ACLU of Nebraska will work on all fronts-in the courts and in the Legislature-to end this discrimination that embarrasses our state and hurts our talented young people. Nebraska should join with every other state in the country in providing driver’s licenses to DREAMers. Ensuring access to drivers’ licenses helps to keep our roadways safe for all Nebraskans. We are pleased that granting licenses to DREAMers has gained support from the business community, the Mayor of Omaha, and the 28 state senators who co-sponsored the legislative bill." 

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