State to slash driver’s license program for undocumented immigrants

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DENVER -- The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles is making cuts that will affect undocumented immigrants who are seeking a driver’s license.

Four DMV offices will no longer accommodate undocumented immigrants starting Monday.

The only DMV branch that will offer the service will be Denver’s central office located at 1865 W. Mississippi Ave.

The reductions will affect scheduling because new appointments will not be available until March 2016. The DMV can only accommodate 31 appointments a day, down from the 155 it was offering.

Last week, the three Republican lawmakers on the Joint Budget Committee voted not to approve $166,000 in additional funding for offices that provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and have been overwhelmed by demand since the program took effect.

"It's really unprecedented to see Republicans play partisan politics with already established law," said Julie Gonzales with the Colorado Latino Forum.

Under legislation, the program must be funded with fees paid by immigrants paying for licenses.

Colorado began issuing driver’s licenses and identification cards to undocumented immigrants in July.

An estimated 150,000 people are seeking driver’s licenses.

The change could add years to the waiting list.

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