Skip to comments.Marchers urge Davis to support driver's licenses for undocumented aliens
Posted on 06/22/2003 7:49:44 PM PDT by One_American
ESCONDIDO ---- A group of about 200 people marched to the Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Escondido on Saturday, but most of them don't have access to the services it provides.
The largely Latino and undocumented crowd were chanting loudly and carrying signs in support of a bill making its way through the state Legislature that would grant illegal immigrants the ability to apply for California-issued driver's licenses and identification cards.
"This would be a benefit to everyone, because it would mean safer roads," said Gustavo Munguia, who organized the march.
Munguia and others have organized several similar demonstrations throughout North County in recent years urging the governor to support licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Gov. Gray Davis has rejected several such bills.
Many of the demonstrators said they were unlicensed but drove regularly out of necessity to work, to doctor's appointments, to pick up their children at school and to do other family chores.
"We need the opportunity to drive legally," said Rolando Campos, of Solana Beach. "We all need to be able to drive."
Campos, who walked among the other marchers with his daughter, said he has been ticketed and jailed for driving without a license.
Men, women and children marched during the three-hour demonstration that began at the city's Grape Day Park along Broadway Avenue and continued to the DMV office and City Hall. Many in the group were carrying signs stating: "Without a license, we are a risk to other drivers."
State Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, authored this year's Senate Bill 60, which would allow people who do not have legal status in the country to be eligible to apply for a state driver's license or identification card. The bill also would permit license applicants to submit a federal taxpayer identification number rather than the required social security number Californians must provide to obtain a driver's license.
Supporters of licenses for undocumented immigrants say giving them driver's licenses will make roads safer because they will be required to take driver's exams and have auto insurance. Critics contend such a policy would in effect reward illegal immigrants, encourage more illegal immigration and diminish national security.
Since 2000, Cedillo has introduced several bills that would give some immigrants licenses and each has failed to get the governor's approval because of concerns about national security.
"The tragedy of Sept. 11 made it abundantly clear that the driver's license is more than just a license to drive," Davis wrote in his veto message last year's version of the bill. "Unfortunately, a driver's license was in the hands of terrorists who attacked America that fateful day."
In 2001, Cedillo withdrew an earlier version of the bill after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast. When he brought the bill back, it included several security provisions such as required finger printing and criminal background checks for immigrants applying for the licenses.
Munguia said security is not the issue, but rather that Davis is simply unwilling to give immigrants the privilege of licenses.
"The Assembly and the Senate, who represent the people, have passed it, but it is Davis who has refused to sign it," he said.
Contact staff writer Edward Sifuentes at (760) 740-5426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can the illegals read the road signs? Doubt it...
The preferred leftist euphemism is "undocumented workers".
"We strongly oppose all measures that punish employers who hire undocumented workers." -- Libertarian Party Platform
Damned traitor politicians that are letting this takeover happen ought to be shot.
That ought to be a in few days from right now. Adios America, buenos dias, third world.
Good question. When the INS arrested a few illegals a couple weeks ago up in San Luis Obispo the illegals went crazy and started demonstrating and screaming that it was an injustice. The nerve of these people is unbelievable. Just wait a few more years when the crowd that marches on the DMV 2000 or 20,000 and then what?
How? They already are driving without licenses, so how does giving them licenses make the roads safer?
Because they know all states accept driver's licenses of other states as proof of legal residency and citizenship and also because it's all you need to make it over the legal ports of entry when coming back from a visit to Mexico. You can be as illegal as you can be.....but with that drivers license, you're going to be passed right on by.
Well, it does make the job easier when they are all in one place. INS can start planning ahead now!
Really? You mean someone who broke into our country illegally cares about driving legally?
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