Colorado’s driver’s license program for people living in the U.S. illegally has been hobbled since its start three years ago, and efforts to fix and better fund the initiative have been caught in partisan gridlock.
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An application backlog, possibly yearslong for some, is estimated to run in the tens of thousands. Just three Division of Motor Vehicles branches across Colorado offer the licenses, and in a year only one in the Denver area might be left to serve the entire state.
Now things are slated to get even worse: During the next few months, the program — which one national observer called a “nightmare scenario” — will send about 11,000 people who need to renew their licenses back into the jam-packed line.
That prospect, advocates
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