Nebraska joined Arizona to oppose the legal status of the newly documented immigrants under President Obama’s new Deferred Action Program for those young arrivals brought to the U.S. by their parents. The opposition is setting up a battle over the constitutionality of the program, while raising tough question regarding the new program.
Only two days after Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona declared that her state would no confer state benefits including driver’s licenses to the newly documented immigrant, Nebraska also has said no.
Repeating what Governor Brewer said, Dave Heineman, the Governor of Nebraska said that the new Deferred Action program did not make successful applicants legal immigrants, meaning they still are ineligible for benefits from the state like driver’s licenses and other state services.
The new deferred program, which went into effect Wednesday, will allow up to 1.7 illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. under the status of “deferred action.” That means they can receive driver’s licenses and work papers.
Opposition stances that have been taken by Arizona and Nebraska seem to challenge the federal law, specifically the Real ID Act of 2005, which says deferred action recipients are eligible to receive driver’s licenses.
Some state opposition has not been the only concerns for some of the applicants. Thousands lined up during the week to get help in applying, but some Hispanic groups worry that immigration authorities might use information they give to locate and deport other members of their family even though President Obama gave orders there would be anonymity.
Between Arizona and Nebraska, there are likely more than 100,000 undocumented immigrants eligible for the deferred status.