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Second Suit Filed Over Nebraska Immigrant License Policy

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A civil rights organization has filed a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's denial of driver's licenses for young immigrants who came into the country as children with their families.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the Nebraska chapter of American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project.

It is the second lawsuit challenging the state's decision to refuse driver's licenses to immigrants legally in the country under the recently approved Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The lawsuit names Gov. Dave Heineman and the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles as defendants. It was filed on behalf of four people in Nebraska, all of whom were brought to the U.S. as children, have graduated from local high schools and are now authorized under the DACA program to work in the country.

Maria Hernandez, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, explained why she is challenging the governor's decision. She said, "It limits the jobs you can apply for, affects where you go to school, and how much you can support your family. Having a driver's license is essential to taking advantage of opportunities, and in many cases, making a living."

Currently, Nebraska and Arizona are the only two states in the U.S. that have opted to deny driver's licenses to those participating in the DACA program.

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