Undocumented immigrants in California may get driver's licenses
Sacramento, CA — Undocumented immigrants may soon be eligible to get a driver's license in California under a bill passed by state lawmakers, Laura Cole has the details.
Some lawmakers are taking steps to give undocumented immigrants the green light to drive on California roadways.
Both houses debating the controversial bill which would grant up to 1.4 million new licenses.
Driver, "I think everybody should have a driver's license."
Ray Herrera, Driver, "Yeah it will make it safe, at least they will be knowledgeable about how to drive on the streets."
This is an artist rendition of what the license could look like and it's not much different than an actual license, except it will be for driving privileges only.
On the back of the license it would read "This card is not acceptable for federal purposes; it is acceptable for driving privileges only. It does not establish eligibility for employment, voter registration or public benefits."
Supporters say it will make the roads safer Luis Alejo, California Assembly Member, "That they have a legal way to apply, take the written and the driving exam, be insured and be properly licensed and be knowledgeable on California laws. I think that's in everybody's interest."
But those against the bill say driving is a privilege that shouldn't be given to those who broke the law coming here and they say it forces business owners to choose between complying with state or federal law Tim Donnelly, California Assembly Member, "If they comply with it they are in violation of federal law, if they don't comply with it they are subject to civil lawsuits and unlimited damages for discrimination."
Governor Jerry Brown has promised to sign the bill and the measure would go into effect in January of 2015.