Md. MVA Cancels Illegal Immigrants' Appointments

Ban goes into effect June 1

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Thousands of immigrants applying for driver's licenses are having their appointments cancelled by Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration.

The agency has been booking 2,000 appointments a week for drivers who provide foreign documents that lack a U.S. visa stamp.

The system allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to drive but has made Maryland vulnerable to fraud.

But a ban on licenses for illegal immigrants that passed this week is set to go into effect on June 1. It will require drivers to present a Social Security card or other proof that they are in the country legally to get a license.

MVA officials say they'll send cancellation letters to the 8,000 applicants who have already made appointments for June.

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