California Legislature Wants Driver’s Licenses for Obama Amnesty Beneficiaries

A group of California lawmakers has been pushing for driver’s licenses for illegal aliens for years. Now, President Obama’s unauthorized executive amnesty has triggered the legislature to extend the benefit to illegal aliens who qualify for deferred action – that’s about 450,000 people.

AB 2189 would reverse a 19-year-old California law, which requires that all applicants for state driver’s licenses provide evidence that their “presence in the United States is authorized under federal law.” However, state lawmakers in essence nullified this law by simply adopting language that “[a]ny federal document demonstrating favorable action by the federal government for acceptance of a person into the deferred action for childhood arrivals program shall satisfy [this requirement].”

The action taken by the California lies in stark contrast to that taken by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who issued an executive order clarifying that illegal aliens with deferred action are not eligible receive state benefits, including driver’s licenses. Other states continue to struggle with the chaos unleashed by the Obama Administration’s amnesty plan – especially when determining if, and under what circumstances, illegal aliens with deferred action are eligible for state benefits.

AB 2189 now sits on Governor Brown’s desk and some legislators are confident that the Governor will sign the bill into law.

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  1. avatar

    The illegals will move to whatever state gives them the most generous handouts–poor California!

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    Illegal, undocumented aliens, workers, whatever shoe tag you care to apply….no matter the manner they arrived or have decided to remain, illegally, as invaders and as law-breaking criminals, should not be able nor be permitted to recieve one single penny of any type of aid, assistance, relief, or funding, no drivers licenses, no WIC, no food stamps, no housing, nothing at all….. that is derived in any manner from taxes paid by American citizens… is just absolutely wrong for “We the People” to be required to foot the bill for criminals that are not and do not deserve to be a part of our system. They should all go home, submit their applications and fees for immigration, then if/when they have a proper green card, come on back.
    Breaking the law SHOULD NOT be rewarded, and certainly not on the backs of American citizens.

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    Interesting, in 1998, I was assisting a man from Mexico to obtain an Indiana Drivers License. He had a vaild California drivers license. He needed additional documentation so when he presented his resident card, it was declined due to not valid. He didn’t pass the driving test because it was in English.

    Later when I inquired about his status, he was able to obtain an Indiana drivers license. So there is a cohort after 1986 who was able to get a California drivers license then parly it into another state’s drivers license. Therefore, we can assume that they have the ability to register to vote, at least in Indiana.