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Push resumes to grant Minnesota driver's licenses to immigrants in U.S. illegally


February 22, 2019

Roads would be safer, workers could get to their jobs easier and fewer people would live in fear if Minnesota allowed immigrants living in the country illegally to get driver’s licenses, supporters of the change said Thursday as they called for broader license access.

An estimated 95,000 immigrants are living in Minnesota illegally, according to the Pew Research Center. Minnesota used to allow such residents to get driver’s licenses, but former Gov. Tim Pawlenty ended the practice in 2003 in an effort to prevent terrorism.


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