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Legislators want delay on immigrant licenses

A new House bill would prevent the state Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing licenses to young illegal immigrants who are protected from deportation and eligible to drive.

The bill filed Thursday would put a freeze on such licenses until June 15.

The state Department of Transportation said last week that DMV offices will begin issuing licenses to people covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The issue affects up to 55,000 teenagers and young adults in the state.

The bill says that the complexity of the issues "requires a carefully crafted legislative response."

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