A judge has dismissed a
lawsuit that challenged the state's denial of driver's licenses to people
who were brought into the country illegally as children, but allowed to
stay under a new federal program.
U.S. District Judge Laurie
Smith Camp said in a ruling Wednesday that the state had not violated
the equal-protection rights of those impacted by the state's decision.
The lawsuit was filed by
Mayra Saldana. Saldana
applied for a driver's license three times at the Nebraska Department
of Motor Vehicles in January 2013, and was denied.
Saldana came to the United State from Mexico at age
2, and is now a student at Peru State College. She has been granted
lawful status as part of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood
Gov. Dave Heineman has said the Nebraska
Department of Motor Vehicles will not grant licenses or other public
benefits to people who are in the country illegally, unless required by