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      Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Neb. Driver's License Policy

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      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 Arrivals program.

      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 state law.

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