DENVER (AP) – A bill to let unauthorized immigrants renew their Colorado driver’s licenses online or by mail has died in the Senate.

The Republican-led Senate Transportation Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to defeat the bill .

Republican Sen. Don Coram, a co-sponsor, argued that many farm and other employers depend on their workers to be able to drive safely and legally.

Opponents say such licenses sanction illegal immigration.

An example of a non-citizen license (credit: CBS)

Colorado began issuing the licenses in 2014. The first come up for renewal in August.

Immigrants who can prove they live in Colorado are eligible, but only three Department of Motor Vehicles locations issue the licenses.

Among other things, the bill aimed to avoid worsening a months-long waiting period.

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Comments (2)
  1. Alton Crisp says:

    The opening sentence of this article goes…..”A bill to let unauthorized immigrants renew their Colorado driver’s licenses”. Unauthorized (i.e. Illegal) immigrants are not supposed to be able to work legally yet “Republican Sen. Don Coram, a co-sponsor, argued that many farm and other employers depend on their workers to be able to drive safely and legally.” Unauthorized/Illegal immigrants are statutorily barred from working so what is Don Coram thinking by this statement? Obviously he does not support E-Verify and the laws that prohibit the employment of illegals.

  2. Good. Illegals ought not be able to renew by mail. Someone needs to see their face and make darn sure it matches the fact currently on file.

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