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The final day of the Democratic National Convention is over:

In her acceptance speech Hillary Clinton says the nation is facing a "moment of reckoning" but "we are not afraid."

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• This week's speakers have largely sought to contrast a message of optimism with what they've called the dark, divisive vision of America offered by Donald Trump and the Republicans.

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Immigration policy is a major theme of the DNC. See what some states provide to immigrants in the U.S. illegally

At the Democratic National Convention, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said the country needs to "advance opportunity for everybody" and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday made inclusiveness a central theme of his speech. Many speakers have expressed similar approaches to immigration policy as a contrast to Donald Trump's hard-line "build a wall" rhetoric.

About 11.3 million people are in the U.S. illegally, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. They account for about 5.1% of the labor force in the country and more than half of them live in only six states.

Here is a look at how some states have shaped their immigrant policies:

Healthcare and welfare benefits

People who are in the U.S. illegally cannot apply for government subsidized insurance from the Affordable Care Act. However, many states provide health insurance for children and/or full Medicaid benefits to pregnant women regardless of their status.

While some states offer welfare benefits based only on the number of citizens and permanent residents in a household, others extend benefits to citizens' family members who are in the country illegally if they're living in the same household.

Higher education

Children and young adults in this country illegally get protection against deportation and the possibility to work if they meet certain requirements. Twenty states let them access education with in-state tuition and provide them with scholarships or other forms of financial aid. 

Driving laws

Twelve states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to allow immigrants in this country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.

Only two states, Washington and New Mexico, issue the same driver's license to every person regardless of their immigration status. The other states issue distinctive licenses.

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