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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Republican lawmaker in Ohio wants to block a federal program that calls for the state to issue driver's licenses to young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that state Rep. Matt Lynch opposes the federal program and wants to scrap it in Ohio. Thirty-seven states have already adopted it.

Ohio officials determined last month that the state must comply with a White House program that allows some young immigrants living illegally in the U.S. to get temporary licenses.

But Lynch said earlier this week that offering benefits like driver's licenses to immigrants who came here illegally will result in "more illegals coming to Ohio." He said that would put a financial burden on Ohio's taxpayers.

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