Nebraska Joins Arizona - Will Not Issue Drivers Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants
08/20/2012 - 10:07 ||
It seems Arizona isn't the only state where President Obama's new deferred action ruling is being contested: Nebrasksa is the newest state to deny public benefits -- including drivers licenses -- to undocumented immigrants who will be legally allowed to stay under Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to the Associated Press.
"They shouldn’t be here if they’re not here legally,” Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman told reporters. “That’s the whole problem, and I’ve talked to you guys about this many, many times. When you don’t secure the border, have a speedier technological way to legal immigration, and you won’t address the issue that we’ve got 15 million illegal immigrants in the country right now, we end up with these situations.”
Arizona also will not issue public benefits or identification to undocumented immigrants. Governor Jan Brewer's statement has been met with backlash, by both residents and officials. As the application process for the program continues, the U.S. will see how many other states join in with Arizona and Nebraska -- a fight which will potentially land in court.
What do you think? Do you think states have the right to deny undocumented immigrants identification and benefits?