Undocumented workers may soon get California driver’s licenses

Department of Motor Vehicles, Lake Forest, California (Shirley Smith/Lariat)

Shirley Smith

Assembly Bill AB60 was passed in a 55-19 vote in last Thursday’s legislative session and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown to be signed into law. This would allow undocumented workers to be issued a California driver license, according to The Sacramento Bee.

“I think they should become legal before they get rights,”  Meagan McGinty, 18, music said. “I mean I have no problem with illegal immigrants coming over and then becoming US citizens as long as they pay their taxes and follow the law like everyone else does they should get their full benefits.”

Christopher Cadelago and Jeremy White, quoting Brown in The Sacramento Bee,”This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally,” Brown said in the statement. “Hopefully, it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due.”

“I find that they have to get their citizenship before they get their driver’s license.” Tylor McCoy, 18,  computer science said.

Proponents say the undocumented worker driver’s license will make the roads safer because they have to pass a driving test and acquire insurance.

“I have a friend who just got her driver’s license when she did the Dream Act.” Stephanie Ayala, 18, nursing said. “If she didn’t do that, it probably would take years to be legalized, like, as a citizen.”

Assemblyman Curt Hagman of Chino Hills opposes the bill.

“The state shouldn’t reward illegal activity with one of our most secured documents,” reported KSBW, the NBC affiliate out of Monterey, on its website.

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