“That’s no way to run government”
“We must be more compassionate and caring for all persons”
LINCOLN, NE – Sen. Bob Krist, candidate for Nebraska governor, today criticized President Donald Trump and Congress, for failing to fix DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Monday was supposed to be the day that the DACA program officially came to an end, terminating deportation protections for nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants including more than 3,000 Nebraskans brought to the country as children.
“Despite promises made six months ago by President Trump and Congress to fix DACA, more than 3,000 young Nebraskans continue in limbo, not knowing their fate,” Krist said. “That’s no way to run government. We must be more compassionate and caring for all persons,” he said.
In 2015, Krist took a lead role in the Nebraska Legislature passing a law that allowed “dreamers” - those brought to this country illegally as children - to be able to get driver’s licenses and professional licenses.
“More than 3,000 young Nebraskans whose parents brought them to America for a chance at a better life, are relying on President Trump and Congress to be their voice and protect and defend their rights,” Krist said. “They deserve better.”
Until the passage of the 2015 legislation, Nebraska was the only state that denied driver's licenses to the children of immigrants who settled illegally in the United States, even though a 2012 executive order by President Barack Obama has given them legal protection to remain here.
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March 6, 2018
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