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1,200 Illinois licenses issued to immigrants

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Over a thousand immigrants living in the United States illegally have obtained Illinois driver's licenses.

Secretary of State Jesse White's office says over 1,200 immigrants got their license last month thanks to a new state law. Those licenses are valid for three years and can only be used for driving. They are not valid identification for boarding a plane, voting, buying a firearm, or other activities. In order to qualify, drivers must have insurance.

Currently, immigrants can take their license tests at 14 locations around the state, 36 locations are expected to offer the exams by the end of the month.

Supporters of the law say it will save Illinois drivers money and keep roads safe while critics say the state should be cracking down on those immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally.

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