Rep. Don Bacon has joined five of his House colleagues in urging President Donald Trump to maintain protections for so-called DACA youths to remain in the United States.
Those predominantly Latino young people were brought to the United States as babies or children when their parents or other adults entered the country illegally. They have been accorded legal presence to remain here under executive action taken by former President Barack Obama.
"Children brought to the United States at a young age did not have a choice in the matter," Nebraska's 2nd District congressman and his colleagues wrote the president.
"They did not willingly seek to violate American statutes when they traveled with their families across our borders, as the alternative was often life without primary caregivers."
For many, the United States is the only country they know or remember, the letter stated, and DACA youths are "making immediate contributions to our society and our economy."
"It is in the best interest of our nation to continue DACA until we can pass a permanent legislative solution," the letter stated.
Bacon represents metropolitan Omaha's 2nd District in the House of Representatives.