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State Sen. Adam Morfeld

State Sen. Adam Morfeld wears an "I Support Dreamers" button.

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Call it DACA-gate if you're prone to hyperbole.

But it really was just a passing moment in the Legislature.

Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln was privately told by a legislative sergeant-at-arms on Tuesday that he should remove a button he was wearing that proclaimed "I Support Dreamers" while he's on the floor of the Legislature and the legislative body is in session.

Morfeld responded he would continue to wear the pin expressing support for young immigrants whose Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status is in limbo now that President Trump has revoked the executive action that granted them legal presence to remain in the United States.

The DACA youths have become known as Dreamers.

The exchange between Morfeld and the sergeant-at-arms was all very brief and polite.

"I refused to do so and will continue to wear it until all of our youth are provided justice and protection," the Lincoln senator subsequently tweeted about the incident.

Morfeld wasn't the only senator with the button provided by the Heartland Workers Center in Omaha.

Other lawmakers, including Sens. Tony Vargas of Omaha and Sens. Anna Wishart and Roy Baker, both of Lincoln, were spotted wearing the same buttons. 

And a button was prominently attached to the computer on the desk of Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln.

Later, Morfeld said he "understands to a certain extent" the need for some constraints, "but I just disagree" that wearing that button crossed a line.

Senators already on occasion wear pro-life pins, pro-choice pins, agriculture pins, labor union pins and other pins, Morfeld noted, and he will continue to wear his.  

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSDon.

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