LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Gov. Dave Heineman rejected a call Saturday to publicly support a bill that would offer in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants.
Heineman's decision came during his first meeting with the Mexican American Commission... Commission director Cecilia Olivarez Huerta [supports the bill]... [...bill was sponsored by Lincoln Sen. DiAnna Schimek...]
The backstory about Nebraska seems to focus on meat packers and other large employers of illegal aliens. See Ag Sec'y nominee "Fought to Protect Giant Meatpackers from Immigration Law Enforcement" and Bush's Open-Borders nominees, which are about former NE Gov. and current U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns' efforts on behalf of those employers:
...The president's choice for Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, while Governor of Nebraska, used the power of his office to protect large meatpacking and agricultural interests in his state who employ thousands of illegal aliens and violate countless other labor and occupational safety regulations.
During 1998 and 1999, the Immigration and Naturalization Service launched a campaign known as Operation Vanguard in which they conducted audits of Nebraska meatpacking plant personnel files. The operation successfully drove-off many illegal aliens who were employed in these processing plants. Gov. Johanns, who has accepted large campaign contributions from large agri-businesses (2002 Campaign Finance Statement), stepped in on behalf of these contributors and pressured the U.S. Department of Justice to end these enforcement efforts...
There's more about Huerta, Johanns, and Operation Vanguard in February 1, 2000's Immigration Overload, this October, 1999 report, and, from the far-left side of things comes late last year's hysterically titled The Nightmare Continues and a 1999 report from the same author with a slightly less hysterical title: INS Declares War on Labor.
Immigration2005a · Mon, 02/21/2005 - 11:37 · Importance: 1