Skip to comments.Sen. Cedillo says, 'This is the year' - Will eighth time be the charm for driver's license bill?
Posted on 12/29/2005 3:33:05 PM PST by calcowgirl
Legislation to grant California driver's licenses to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants will be pushed in 2006 for the eighth year in a row - and this time the iron is hot for success, its author contends.
"The dynamics have changed dramatically, and in our favor," said Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles.
Cedillo said the new bill will be very similar to Senate Bill 60, vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in October.
California's political scene has shifted significantly since then, Cedillo said, citing three examples:
* All four of Schwarzenegger's government "reform" proposals were defeated in the Nov. 8 special election, prompting the governor to reach out to Democratic leaders.
* A shake-up of Schwarzenegger's top-level Cabinet elevated Republicans Fred Aguiar and Dan Dunmoyer, and Democrats Susan Kennedy and Daniel Zingale, all of whom Cedillo says are pragmatic, knowledgeable and not closed-minded on the issue.
* Even in conservative districts, voters are becoming less extremist, as evidenced by the recent Orange County election of state Sen. John Campbell, R-Irvine, over Jim Gilchrist to fill a vacant congressional seat, Cedillo said.
"This is the year," Cedillo said of prospects for his bill, which will be introduced when the Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 4.
Supported by most Democratic lawmakers, Cedillo's push to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants has passed the Legislature each of the past six years but died in gubernatorial offices.
Gov. Gray Davis signed such legislation in 2003, but was recalled from office shortly thereafter, partly as a backlash to that decision.
Schwarzenegger, after succeeding Davis, persuaded the Legislature to repeal the bill before it became law.
Now two years later, Schwarzenegger may desire a closer rapport with Democratic leaders, but switching gears on SB 60 could backfire - especially in an election year, Mehlman said.
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"Spell check and preview post is.." Or maybe "are" would work better. sheesh.
Nothing would please me more than to see this weasel along with his state, city and county co-weasels, all shipped to their country of primary allegiance--the rathole known as Mexico.
Gil Cedillo is a Mexican politician, and he serves his master Vicente Fox. If Arnold doesn't stand up for California citizens, he'll be booted out, just like Gumby was.
Working HARD with this treasonous sonofabitch? WHY? Does Arnold wish to be a traitor too? Work hard to lock him UP! Guv.
Is this the guy who was the former member of MECHA, or is that somebody else?
Ya know, if AZ and NV (No hope for OR)would just put CA on notice that if they issue licenses to illegals they will no longer recognize CA licences in their states.........
(I know I'm dreaming, but it's a nice dream)
That includes me and five other votes in my family. We're done with him.
Yes, but you may be thinking of Cruz Bustamante (Lt. Gov) or Antonio Villaraigosa (Mayor of Los Angeles) who have been in the press more for their Mecha affiliations.
Villaraigosa and Cedillo have traveled the same path for decades. Both went to Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles and then to UCLA where they became activists, including MECHA. Both attended the People's College of Law (neither passing the bar or becoming a lawyer). Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez also comes from the same camp.
Seems to me that's an ambition much better served in Mexico itself.
So, why doesn't he go back home?
Here we go again... Any idea when "One Bill Gil" is term limited out?
I believe it's going to be a while.
Didn't he just move from the Assembly to the Senate 3 years ago?
And a Happy New Year to you...
Time is on this anchor baby's side.
As generation after generation of the consequences of illegal immigration reach the age of franchise, they will send more and more with similar postures to the California Legislature.
The only factor that may eventually render this movement moot is if all Mexicans migrate from the old country to California before those holding US citizenship gain their inevitable majority in the Legislature.
LOL. And the same to you!
It seems to be only a matter of time.
I think a historical look at his track record would place him in this vicinity.