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States to make calls on illegal immigrants’ licenses, tuition

The US government said Tuesday that it will be up to Massachusetts and other states to decide whether to grant resident tuition and driver’s licenses to thousands of young illegal immigrants who start applying Wednesday for federal work permits and two-year reprieves from deportation.

Governor Deval Patrick’s administration said last week that it was waiting for guidance from the Department of Homeland Security to carry out President Obama’s unexpected decision in June to halt the deportations of illegal immigrants age 30 and under.

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