Per the Los Angeles Times, California’s governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that “will let hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants qualify for California driver’s licenses.”
Young people would qualify if they are accepted by a federal program giving work permits to those who came to this country before they were 16 and are now 30 or younger.
As many as 350,000 undocumented immigrants in California may be eligible for the Obama administration program, which waives the threat of deportation for two years for those who have no criminal record.
Governor Brown’s attitude is redolent of Obama’s:
“Gov. Brown believes the federal government should pursue comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” Duran said. “President Obama has recognized the unique status of these students, and making them eligible to apply for driver’s licenses is an obvious next step.’’
“I’m proud the governor chose public safety over the politics of the day,’’ said Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo. An interesting choice of words there; from this perspective it looks as if he did quite the opposite.