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Adriana Gaytan, who came to Colorado in 1997 from the Mexican state of Zacatecas, second from left, sits at home with her children who were born in the U.S. from left to right, Osbaldo, 11, Oscar 13, Indhira, 14, and their dog Kissy, in Aurora, Colo., Thursday July 31, 2014. Gaytan will get a drivers license soon, as Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to people who are in the country illegally or have temporary legal status. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Colorado issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants
First Published Aug 01 2014 08:55 am • Last Updated Aug 01 2014 07:24 pm

Denver • Colorado has started issuing driver licenses and identification cards to immigrants regardless of their legal status, marking a dramatic change in a state where legislators once passed strict immigration enforcement laws.

There was a festive mood at one Denver office issuing the documents Friday morning as state Department of Revenue Director Barbara Brohl congratulated applicants once they had their cards approved.

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Five offices across the state are taking appointments from immigrants, including those with temporary legal permits and those in the country illegally. About 9,500 people are signed up for appointments through the next 90 days.

Colorado is among eight states that last year passed laws allowing identification documents for immigrants in the country illegally. The change is notable in Colorado because Democrats and Republicans in 2006 passed a package of laws cracking down on illegal immigration.




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