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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The newly-appointed secretary of the NC Department of Transportation made a stop in Wilmington Friday.

Tony Tata joined other dignitaries at a luncheon hosted by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Before the event got underway, Tata addressed his department’s decision to issue driver’s licenses to qualifying immigrants, saying it’s a matter of public safety.

“Most of these deferred action folks were driving anyway and so now, we will have them registered, they will have insurance, they will have licenses and they will be in the database,” Tata said.

Tata also said funding has been secured for the building of I-140 across the Cape Fear River into Brunswick county. He says the project will get underway this fall.

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