Obama Administration policy directs border patrol agents not to enforce immigration laws. The DREAM Act was rejected by Congress.
Nebraska has joined Arizona in opposing legal status for immigrants who are newly-documented under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, setting up a constitutional battle while raising tough questions about the program.
Two days after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer declared her state won’t confer driver’s licenses and other state benefits to newly-documented immigrants under Obama’s “deferred action” immigration policy, Nebraska, too, put its foot down.
Echoing Gov. Brewer, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) said on Saturday that Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program does not make successful applicants “legal citizens,” meaning they remain ineligible for state benefits like driver’s licenses and other services.
The deferred action plan, which took effect on Wednesday, could make as many as 1.7 illegal immigrants eligible for “deferred action” status, meaning they’re eligible to receive work papers and driver’s licenses. Applicants have to be no more than 31 years old, must have arrived in the US before the age of 16, and have no major crimes on their record.
The opposition stances taken by Nebraska and Arizona seem to at least partially challenge federal law, specifically the 2005 Real ID Act, which lists “deferred action” recipients as being eligible for driver’s licenses.
Attorney General Tom Horne accused the Obama administration of trying to thwart Arizona’s voter-ID laws in a bid to get more illegal immigrants to the polls, presumably to cast ballots for the president and Democrats to help Obama win the Nov election.
– hundred of thousands of illegals to be given work authorizations, allowing them to compete with Americans for jobs
– a presidential task force to decide who receives amnesty and who does not, creating even more bureaucracy in Washington
– the reversal of a judge’s decision to send a person back to their home country