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Posted at 5:45 PM, Apr 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 18:45:41-04
Nebraska state lawmakers on Wednesday will attempt to override Governor Pete Ricketts' veto of a bill allowing some immigrants to get professional licenses.
 
Ricketts is personally lobbying senators in an attempt to stop them from overriding his veto of the bill that would apply to young immigrants who entered the country illegally but received temporary legal status under a 2012 Obama administration policy. Hastings Senator Les Seiler says Ricketts called him in hopes of swaying his vote, but failed. Seiler says in an open letter to Ricketts that he will continue to support the bill.
 
Supporters say it would help fill jobs in a state where companies are struggling to find qualified workers. Ricketts says it's unfair to those who came here legally. 
 
Wednesday is the final day of the Nebraska Legislature's 2016 session.