Nebraska Civic, Community, Business, Faith Leaders Call for Updated Immigration Laws

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha signed a letter released by Nebraska Appleseed that urges Nebraska’s Congressional delegation to work toward smarter immigration laws.

Leaders demand Congressional action in wake of communities devastated by ICE raids

More than 80 Nebraska civic, community, business, and faith leaders urged Nebraska’s members of Congress to take action to fix outdated immigration laws in order to prevent a repeat of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that shattered families and devastated communities in north central Nebraska last week.

The letter, released today to Nebraska’s Congressional delegation and the press, also praised the outpouring of support and healing actions from neighbors, friends, and other members of the affected communities in an uplifting display of unity during such a difficult time.

“The strength of our towns is tied to secure, united families,” a portion of the letter reads. “Time and time again, Nebraska communities have seen how raids like the one in O’Neill and in other communities across the country spread panic and confusion all over a town, making the entire city less safe.”

Read the entire letter and list of signatories here

The leaders continue to call for Nebraska’s U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, and Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry, Don Bacon, and Adrian Smith to lead efforts for updating our country’s damaging, antiquated immigration laws and prevent even more Nebraska communities from facing the damage and trauma seen in O’Neill, Ainsworth, and other communities last week.

“How many more communities are going to have to suffer this devastation before our federal leaders take action?” the letter says. “We call on Nebraska’s members of Congress to take action to fix our outdated and harmful immigration laws so they are rooted in Nebraska’s values.”

The raids in Nebraska last week, which broke families apart and led to dire economic circumstances within the community, are the latest in a pattern of immigration raids that have targeted hard-working families and spread terror within American communities. In June, ICE agents raided a landscaping company and a food processing facility in Ohio, which followed an April raid of a meatpacking plant in Tennessee.

Support DACA & Nebraska Dreamers: Call Today

Call our members of Congress today and tell them they must pass a clean version of the bipartisan “DREAM Act” this week. Our communities are stronger with the talents of Nebraska Dreamers.

Call now:

  • Sen. Deb Fischer (202) 224-6551
  • Sen. Ben Sasse (202) 224-4224
  • Rep. Don Bacon (202) 225-4155

On Sept. 5, the White House announced it would wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which let thousands of hardworking and talented young Nebraskans called “Dreamers” contribute to Nebraska communities as teachers, entrepreneurs, and health professionals, and other important careers.

DACA helped them support families and live securely in the communities they call home.

Now, hundreds of Dreamers are seeing their DACA protections expire each day. And that number will skyrocket after the end of DACA, slated for March 5.

There is a short window of opportunity for us to pass a permanent solution, the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017, that would allow Dreamers to keep learning, working, and contributing to their home state, and eventually, earn U.S. citizenship.

Discussion of Immigration Issues in Omaha (Spanish)

Laura Torres conversa con Diana Morales McFarland, abogada con Curley Law en Omaha, sobre temas de inmigración actuales.

(This episode is also available in English.)

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or Centurylink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube.

Discussion of Immigration Issues in Omaha (English)

In this episode of Go Vote Omaha, Geri Simon talks with Diana Morales McFarland, an attorney with Curley Law in Omaha, about current immigration issues.

(This episode is also available in Spanish.)

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or Centurylink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube.