Neb. Lawmakers Call for Federal Immigration Reform

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bipartisan group of Nebraska lawmakers is calling for reform of the nation's immigration laws, including a pathway to legal status for people who entered the country illegally.

Sen. John Wightman of Lexington has introduced a measure intended to pressure Nebraska's congressional delegation into supporting an immigration bill in the U.S. House. Supporters were to present the measure Wednesday to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee.

"I am frustrated that nothing is done and I think it affects a lot of people in our community, although I think most of the people in the Lexington community probably are legal," said Wightman.

Sen. Wightman says he's frustrated year after year immigration reform gets pushed back for another day.

"So far they've been looking at this for years and years and never come up with any conclusion and I think we've got to do something," said Wightman.

Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha says the federal action would fix a state-by-state patchwork of immigration policies, while boosting the state economy.

The measure is sponsored by seven Democrats and seven Republicans in the Legislature. It's also backed by Nebraska retail, restaurant and ranching groups.

The measure is LR399