In Colorado, the Latino advocacy group Driver’s License for All protested the lack of resources dedicated to Colorado’s new driver’s license program for illegal immigrants. Driver’s Licenses for All stated that in order for the governor to win their voting support, things need to change.
The new program, which went into effect on August 1st, has been criticized heavily. Amongst the 56 licensing centers, only 5 are authorized to issue licenses through 155 daily appointment slots. Here are the current facts regarding the program:
- Appointments: 3,255
- No-shows: 434
- Driver’s Licenses Issued: 1,159
- Driver’s Permits Issued: 260
- ID Cards Issued: 236
- Those Who Received no Documents: 1,166
Driver’s Licenses for All works with hundred of immigrants to help explain the new program and serves as a liaison to government leaders. However, the group feels that the state is not doing enough for immigrant community. It is estimated that about 150,000 immigrants live in Colorado and are seeking licenses. With the current allocation of resources, there is not enough capacity to accommodate this group of illegal immigrants.
To read the full story, please visit the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/election2014/ci_26459598/latinos-hickenlooper-fix-drivers-license-program-or-lose.