- Associated Press - Saturday, February 11, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Fewer undocumented immigrants are applying Delaware’s driving card.

The Wilmington News Journal reports (https://delonline.us/2kepqwY ) that about 6,470 Delaware residents living in the country illegally have applied for driving cards since the program began in January 2016. The state saw an initial surge at the beginning of the program when organizations helped immigrations with the application process.

In October, 357 undocumented immigrants applied for the card. Last month, just 159 did.

A Pew Research Center report from 2014 said there were about 20,000 undocumented immigrants living in Delaware in 2012. Advocates say the number is likely higher.

Immigrants who want to get a card have to prove that they’ve paid state taxes for two years and submit fingerprints, among other things. They also have to pass a driving test.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com


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