Skip to comments.Illegal Immigrant License Bill Advances in Calif.
Posted on 09/08/2005 4:49:44 PM PDT by Crackingham
After a late-night debate on the politically sensitive issue of immigration, the California Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to extend driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. The measure would clear the way for California to create a distinct driver's license, with a unique design and color, for people who cannot prove legal citizenship in the United States. The license could be used only for driving and would not be valid identification for other purposes such as opening a bank account or boarding an airplane.
The bill, SB 60 by Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), would also allow roughly 800,000 people in California who have applied to federal immigration officials for legal residency to get a California driver's license starting as soon as March 2006. The bill passed 42 to 34.
Cedillo's bill passed the Senate in June on a 22-16 partisan split. Now the Senate is expected to approve recent amendments and send it to the governor, who is under pressure from Republicans to veto the measure. Cedillo said he included several elements in the bill aimed at overcoming objections from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who last year vetoed a Cedillo driver's license bill. But before the state Assembly took up the new bill Wednesday, there were no indications that the changes would satisfy the governor.
The governor's office has consistently said Schwarzenegger does not want to take any action until the federal government finishes deciding its requirements for state licenses changes spawned by concern that terrorists or other criminals could get such documents. Congress gave states the option to create distinct driver's licenses for illegal immigrants under the Real ID Act passed in May.
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I hope other states respond by refusing to recognize them as legal ID.
Referencing earlier thread from today:
CA Senate Again Approves Drivers License for Illegals 21-15 (goes to the Governor now)
The ones who voted for this, have admitted to a Fed. Crime!! Lock em up.
If someone comes to your house with a duffelbag full of money fresh from a bank robbery and you don't notify authorities, you can be charged as an accessory to the crime. Now here we have illegal aliens crossing into California (across state lines) being provided with legal documents by the state, knowing full well of the recipients' illegal status. What prevents the federal government from sending marshals to Sacramento and removing said legislators in leg irons and orange jumpsuits for accessory to abet illegal immigration and conspiracy to do so in violation of federal law?
Where does the bill say they have to have insurance for when they run into a family and place two or three in a hospital? Replacement costs for their auto and time off from work. Drivers without insurance are accidents looking for a place to happen.
From the article:
The governor's office has consistently said Schwarzenegger does not want to take any action until the federal government finishes deciding its requirements for state licenses ... Congress gave states the option to create distinct driver's licenses for illegal immigrants under the Real ID Act passed in May.
In an attempt to head off Schwarzenegger's concern that California should wait until the federal government details the requirements of the Real ID Act, Cedillo amended his bill last week to incorporate such a delay.
They do have something in common.
We don't need a new law as immigrants to the US can already obtain an international driver's license before they immigrate.
This new bill is unnecessary.
As if he would pay the ticket, or be held in jail once he was found to be illegal.
Easy to trap yourself with your own words when you have only politics but no real principles.
Nothing but cojones.
C.O., That is such a priceless and perfect comment that is deserves repeating!!!
Hey Norm! Does that boat driver of your crusin boat have an illegal alien license??? WATCH OUT FOR THAT ICE BERG!!! Is it time to re-arrange the deck chairs yet???
>>Easy to trap yourself with your own words when you have only politics but no real principles.
So true. But there seems to be an abundance of teflon in Sacramento.
When are they going to issue them commercial pilot's licenses?
Well... Stuff Happens!!! And some of it really, REALLY STINKS!!!
Our captain is Italiano,, so Im not going to ask him for ID. lol
Hang in there, Kalleforniyah.. This can only get better, right?
Off to Sitka for the day. :)
Sitka on it, Norm! I'm jealous!!! (grin)