LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he has rejected a federal request to help house unaccompanied migrant children.  He says he wants the state's resources used for children already in Nebraska.  Ricketts says federal officials should instead work with Central American governments to reunite the children with their families in their home countries.  His statement came days after Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds made a similar announcement.

A quilted map of the Arizona Sonoran Desert covered in 3200 orange and manila toe tags
Courtesy of Hostile Terrain 94 Nebraska

The Sonoran Desert is 100,000 square miles of punishing terrain stretching from Northwestern Mexico into Arizona and California. Since 1994, it has been the graveyard of thousands of migrants making their way to the United States. The exact number of casualties may never be known.

UNO Responds To Intimidating Note

Nov 14, 2019

University of Nebraska-Omaha officials are responding after an intimidating note was found near campus.  UNO student worker Joshua Garcia found a note on his car Tuesday evening that read "Illegals are not welcome."  UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold announced yesterday that everyone is welcome at school and intimidation has no place on campus or near it.


ICE Raid At Nebraska Business

Oct 24, 2019

More than a dozen people are apprehended during a raid at a northeastern Nebraska business.  ICE and Homeland Security Investigations agents carried out the raid yesterday at D-and-D Industries in Madison.  Fourteen undocumented workers were arrested for immigration violation and were taken into ICE custody. 

The fifth annual Immigrant Legal Center FOOD TRUCK WORLD TOUR will be held Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, CAET Building, 5370 North 30th Street.  Tickets include a delightful array of local food trucks, desserts, entertainment and valet parking.  This event is held annually on the first Wednesday in October.

This casual and fun event has a diverse cultural focus, featuring five local food trucks: Maria Bonita (Mexican), Chaima (African), Sweet Lime (Thai), El Arepon (Venezuelan), and Omaha Steaks (American). Dessert includes ice cream by Coneflower Creamery and pastries by Rico Pan Bakery. Cultural entertainment includes the accomplished dancers of Flamenco Omaha (Latin), a highly expressive dance form originating in Spain.

Dawn Bashara from Immigrant Legal Center joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the event and the mission of Immigrant Legal Center.  

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Legal Director and Deputy Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Center, Shane Ellison, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on Morning Edition about DACA, TPS, and the impact on Nebraska.

Emiliano Lerda, Executive Director, Immigrant Legal Center Chats with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” on Morning Edition

Metropolitan Community College is offering a new career certificate focused on immigration laws and procedures.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A report from the U.S. Census Bureau says Nebraska's foreign-born population ranks among the youngest in the nation.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state senator and congressional candidate is being criticized by Republicans and Democrats after he said he supports executing immigrant felons who seek to re-enter the U.S. illegally after being deported.

Julissa Arce speaking at UNO about immigration

Sep 16, 2015

A former Goldman Sachs investment banker who rose through the ranks while hiding her citizenship status speaks Wednesday at UNO.

Congressman Brad Ashford plans to introduce a bill expediting the citizenship process for spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Legislature has overridden the governor's veto and ended the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Governor Pete Ricketts has vetoed a bill that would end Nebraska's ban on driving privileges for young people brought to the state illegally as children but allowed to stay under a federal program.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts now faces the decision to uphold or withdraw his predecessor's policy of denying drivers licenses to deferred-action youth.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would allow driver's licenses for immigrant youths brought to the country illegally as children has advanced to a final vote in the Nebraska Legislature.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is a step closer to becoming the last state to issue driver's licenses for youths who were brought into the country illegally but allowed to stay under a federal program.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bipartisan effort to allow Nebraska driver's licenses for deferred-action youths won't pass without a fight.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would allow deferred-action youths to qualify for driver's licenses in Nebraska has advanced for debate in the Legislature.

January Press Club Focused on Immigration

Jan 19, 2015

Charles Shane Ellison and Virginia Maynes of Justice for our Neighbors were the guests for January’s Press Club Noon Forum.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two people from the African nation of Benin are being deported after lying to authorities.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's most populous county has stopped honoring federal requests to hold immigrants in jail without a warrant.

OLLAS report looks at Nebraska's Mexican-origin population

Sep 30, 2014

A new report says two-thirds of Nebraska’s Mexican-origin population was born in the United States.

A new report says Omaha’s Limited English Proficient workforce grew 95 percent from 2000 to 2012.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two of Nebraska's most populous counties have stopped honoring federal requests to hold suspected immigrants in jail without a warrant.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at 22 Iowa county jails are refusing to accept requests from federal immigration authorities to hold people in jail without a court order.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha Public Schools has had in the past two years a sharp increase in new students born in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers to visit southern border

Jul 30, 2014

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer will travel to Texas Thursday evening to learn more about the immigration crisis at the southern border.

Harkin: U.S. should be a safe place for immigrant children

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa says his state should be a safe place for children entering the country illegally.

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Fremont is still struggling to enforce part of its ordinance requiring people to obtain licenses and swear they have legal permission to live in the U.S. before renting homes in the Nebraska city.