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California to give some illegal immigrants licenses, report says

August 17, 2012 | 11:31 am

Hundreds of young immigrants lined up Wednesday to submit applications for a new federal program that is deferring deportation and granting them work permits.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles has decided to issue driver's licenses to some illegal immigrants who qualify for a new federal program that is deferring deportation and granting them work permits, according to the U-T San Diego. The federal program targets young people brought illegally to the country.

The newspaper quoted DMV spokesman Armando Botello as saying that state law allows the agency to grant driver’s licenses to people who have a document called an "employment authorization."

"It’s one of the documents accepted for years as proof of legal presence. We will accept that," Botello told the U-T.

Reached later by The Times, Botello said he could not comment on the issue, adding that an official statement would be made later.

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Photo: Hundreds of young immigrants lined up Wednesday to submit applications for a new federal program that is deferring deportation and granting them work permits. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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