California Grants Driver’s Licenses To Immigrants Living In US Illegally
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into a law a bill that will allow immigrants living in the United States illegally to get driver's licenses.
Aired 10/3/13 on KPBS News.
The governor signed a bill that will make the state the tenth in the nation, plus D.C., to grant drivers licenses to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
The bill's supporters say licensing undocumented immigrants will make roads safer and put an end to police stops that often result in the confiscation of immigrants' cars or even deportation.
The bill's detractors include conservatives, but also some immigrant advocates angry that the licenses for undocumented immigrants will feature marks that distinguish them from regular licenses.
They fear that will expose immigrants to profiling by law enforcement.
Advocates are now calling on the governor to sign the TRUST Act, a bill passed by the legislature that would limit the ability of local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials.