Hundreds of illegal immigrants apply for driver’s licenses in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Hundreds of illegal immigrants who have permission to stay in the country have reportedly applied for special driver’s licenses in the first day since North Carolina made them available.

The state DMV began issuing driver’s licenses to those who are enrolled in a federal program that defers deportation for teens and young adults who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports more than 16,500 immigrants in N.C. have received or applied for two-year work permits from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  On Monday, the DMV began accepting the permits as proof required of noncitizens of a “legal presence” in the state.

The News & Observer reports 22 immigrants applied for licenses at the DMV office in Chatham County on Monday, but only ten of the applicants passed their written tests on the first try.

Adrian Razo, 18, obtained a temporary learner’s permit with which he will have the opportunity to improve his driving abilities under supervision, according to the News & Observer.

“I’ve been waiting ever since I was little to get my license,” Razo tells the News & Observer.

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