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A coalition of more than 60 Nebraska leaders, including leaders from the state’s civic, law enforcement, business, faith, and health communities, signed a public letter in support of the state’s DACA recipients and their families.
“We strongly urge you to preserve DACA so that these important community members can continue to work hard as teachers, health care professionals, accountants, counselors, and small-business owners,” reads a portion of the letter.
“Retaining DACA is the right choice, both morally and economically, while we wait for Congress to pass updated, common-sense immigration laws.”
The letter follows public messages of support for DACA recipients from three Nebraska colleges, including the University of Nebraska, Creighton University, and College of St. Mary.
In recent years, Nebraska state lawmakers have recognized the value young Nebraska immigrants add to the state by passing laws allowing them to apply for driver’s and professional licenses. Tuesday’s letter encouraged Nebraska’s federal leaders to reflect the same commitment shown by the state’s business, faith, law enforcement, and local leaders in supporting protections for Nebraska’s DACA recipients and their families.
“Legislation securing the safety of those with DACA and their families will continue to uplift the many young people who want to put their talents to use and give back to the only country they know as home.”