Nebraska closer to giving licenses to immigrant youths

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Posted: May 14, 2015 12:46 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is a step closer to becoming the last state to issue driver's licenses for youths who were brought into the country illegally but allowed to stay under a federal program.

Lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would provide those children of legal driving age licenses.

Only Nebraska does not give licenses to the youths who have stayed in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was approved by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Supporters of the bill say the youths contribute to Nebraska's economy. Some conservatives tried to block the bill, saying it rewards illegal behavior.

The legislation advanced, 37-8, but two more rounds of voting are required before it goes to Gov. Pete Ricketts, who supports the current state policy.