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Approximately 4,600 Undocumented Immigrants Seek Driving Privilege Cards in Delaware

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The card of the Georgetown man (Source: WBOC) The card of the Georgetown man (Source: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - In Delaware, well-over 4,500 undocumented immigrants have sought out driving privilege cards, since they became legal last year, according to an Associated Press report. 

On Tuesday, WBOC sat down with one person who received one of these such cards. The Georgetown man, who immigrated from Guatemala 10 years ago, said that the card gave him a level of security. 

"It's really difficult to not have a car," he said. "Especially for those with a family. For example, if there was an accident at some time in the middle of the night, like if there was a family emergency, we can now get in the car and go."

According to the AP, 4,600 immigrants sought out the cards, as of Friday. To receive the cards, one must prove that they have paid Delaware taxes for two years, and they must submit fingerprints to the state. Many thought this second aspect would deter people from signing up. 

"It makes it easier to get around whether it's a meeting," said the Georgetown man. "To go shopping, or most importantly to go to work. It makes us feel more calm that we we don't have to fear that we'll pass and get caught by police."

The cards are just meant for driving purposes, and are not allowed to be used as any other type of identification in Delaware.

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