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Pew Report: States Allowing Illegals to Obtain Driver's Licenses

Pew Report: States Allowing Illegals to Obtain Driver's Licenses
(Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

By    |   Friday, 21 August 2015 09:22 AM

Ten states and Washington, D.C. — which have a combined illegal immigrant population of 4.12 million people — are issuing driver's licenses to those in the country illegally, according to the Washington Free Beacon, citing a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

In addition to the District of Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont and Washington allow those who are in the U.S. illegally to apply for a license.

Delaware and Hawaii have also enacted similar laws but have not yet begun issuing the licenses, according to the Pew report.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
reports that since January, when California began allowing illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, some 442,000 people had applied.

In July alone there were an estimated 35,000. In California, the licenses indicate "federal limits apply" though each state makes its own decision about whether to make a distinction.

New Mexico and Washington, according to the Pew report, issue the same license to all applicants, regardless of immigration status.

DMV officials in California estimate that 1.4 million illegal immigrants will apply for driver's licenses in the Golden State in the next three years.

According to Pew, states have varying methods for the process of licensing those who don't have U.S. government-issued identity documents.

"Seven states and the District of Columbia require applicants to translate foreign-issued identity and residency documents into English," the report states. "Four offer special procedures so that those who do not have the required documents can be considered on a case-by-case basis."

Whether to allow illegal immigrants to become a licensed driver is a state decision often made after weighing "the impact on public safety, insurance and accident rates," according to the Free Beacon, which notes that the issues of fraud and the expense of the process — such as staffing and facility needs — must be factored in.

The Pew Report found that "the cost of new personnel was the largest anticipated expense."

"The report found that California, Illinois, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado, Nevada and the District of Columbia created an additional 1,039 positions because of the policy," according to the Free Beacon.

In California, for example, it's estimated to cost between $140 million and $220 million over the next three years, while generating just $50 million in application fee revenue.

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Ten states and Washington D.C. - which have a combined illegal immigrant population of 4.12 million people - are issuing driver's licenses to those in the country illegally, according to the Washington Free Beacon, citing a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
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