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A shift in immigration policies

Immigration in the United States has been a hot-button topic for decades, and even more so in recent months. Immigrants today deal with obstacles such as discrimination in business, education and criminal justice issues, and seek solutions in a country they have decided -- or have been forced -- to call home. While immigration laws in Nebraska are uncertain and complex, they are also continuously changing to meet the needs of the American population.

Trump admin. plans to arrest families who smuggle kids into US

Partly in an effort to protect the children themselves, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has just announced a new policy priority: It plans to arrest parents and other relatives who smuggle children into the U.S. or hire coyotes to do so.

Supreme Court rejects passage of citizenship based on parent's sex

To a child born abroad seeking U.S. citizenship, it has traditionally mattered a great deal whether your mother or your father was a citizen of the United States. If your parents weren't married and your mother was a citizen, you could obtain citizenship as long as your mother had, at any time in her life, resided in the U.S. for a year.

Haitian immigrants latest to feel uncertainty

The issue of immigration and deportation has dominated the headlines since President Donald Trump began his campaign nearly two years ago. Latin Americans have received the most attention, but immigrants from another Caribbean country could soon feel the heat too. Is there a reason to worry?

About the immigration memos released by the DHS

The Trump Administration has continued to make good on its process to roll out tougher enforcement of immigration law, primarily by removing the barriers to deportation that were established by Obama-era policies. As immigration attorneys, it's our job to stay abreast of these developments-and we know that keeping you informed is just as important. 

Nebraska Senators override Governor Ricketts' veto

Nebraska senators just issued a 31-13 vote, rejecting Governor Pete Ricketts' veto today. The motion concerned giving individuals who came to the U.S. illegally as children the chance to obtain commercial and professional licenses. Gov. Ricketts reportedly stated that he felt his veto echoed the thoughts of the general public in Nebraska. Despite this, the senators' vote overrode the issue. 

Fate of Millions of Undocumented Immigrants Will Be Determined By Supreme Court

Since the Supreme Court announced to hear the Obama administration's appeal of United States v. Texas, about five million undocumented immigrants in the United States could be protected against deportation in June. 

Veto Denying Driver's Licenses to Children of Undocumented Immigrants Overridden

Late May saw the Nebraska legislature meet and surpass the 30 vote minimum to override the governor's veto of legislation which would end the state ban on issuing driver's licenses to children of undocumented immigrants. Governor Pete Ricketts had argued that the bill to allow driver's licenses was so vague as to issue licenses to "any illegal immigrant who has approved deferred action status." This contention was refused by the bill's sponsor Senator Jeremy Nordquist. Governor Ricketts has not lost three consecutive vetoes with the legislature. Read more on this story here: 

Governor Ricketts set to Vote on Driver's License Bill

The Nebraska Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill (LB623) which would end the state's ban on issuing driver's licenses to the children of undocumented immigrants by a 34-9 vote. The bill has now been sent to the desk of Governor Pete Ricketts for his signature. Although the governor has expressed his opposition to the bill, the Legislature appears to have the 30 votes needed to override a veto. According to the bill's sponsor, Senator Jeremy Nordquist, the bill would affect roughly 2,700 children brought to the U.S. by their parents. 

Licenses for Children of Undocumented Immigrants passes Barriers

Proponents of LB623 voted to break a filibuster on the bill on the 19 th by a 37 to 9 vote. The bill would put an end to Nebraska's ban on driver's licenses for children of undocumented immigrants and is currently opposed by Governor Pete Ricketts. The bill was challenged by some senators including Beau McCoy of Omaha who contended that driver's licenses could pave the way for children of undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers from the DREAM Act, to vote illegally. The bill's sponsor, Senator Jeremy Nordquist argues these children deserve to be licenses given their almost life-long residency in the state and their participation in the workforce is "an economic plus for our state." 

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