Thursday, October 10, 2013

California Governor Signs Bill Giving Illegal Aliens Access to Driver's Licenses

A very interesting post from about California giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens. This follows this post about the illegal aliens being allowed to protest on the National Mall while WWII veterans are not allowed to visit their memorial. This follows this post about how to Report Illegal Immigrants! For more about what you can do click here and you can read two very interesting books HERE.

California Governor Signs Bill Giving Illegal Aliens Access to Driver's Licenses

posted on NumbersUSA

Gov. Jerry Brown

Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill (AB 60) that allows illegal aliens to apply for driver’s licenses. The California Department of Motor Vehicles estimates 2 million illegal aliens could apply for licenses under the new law.

Brown had opposed such legislation during his 2010 campaign but changed his mind several months ago when the U.S. House did not rush to endorse the Senate-passed amnesty bill. Speaking at the bill signing, Brown said, “This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally. Hopefully, it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due.”

The new licenses, which will not be valid for federal identification purposes, are expected to be issued starting Jan. 1, 2015. But the California DMV must first settle on a design that will not violate the federal REAL ID Act. That Act does not bar states from issuing licenses to illegal aliens but such licenses must be sufficiently differentiated from standard licenses.

AB 60 suggests the following wording for the back of the special license: “This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes. This license is issued only as a license to drive a motor vehicle. It does not establish eligibility for employment, voter registration or public benefits.” The front of the special license, however, would be identical to a standard license except that it would use the abbreviation “DP” (driving privileges) instead of “DL” (driver’s license).

Illegal-alien advocates had lobbied for years to get licenses for illegal aliens. A ban on licenses was initially imposed in 1993. In 2003, Gov. Grey Davis signed a bill that gave illegal aliens access to licenses but Californians voted to recall him later that year. Shortly after his election, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that re-instated the ban. He went on to veto several bills like AB 60 during his tenure.

Before Oct. 13th, Brown must consider several other pro-illegal alien bills that passed the state legislature including AB 4, which would bar state and local police from holding illegal aliens for deportation under the federal Secure Communities program unless they have been convicted of certain crimes, and AB 1024, which would enable illegal aliens to practice law.

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