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Aug 22 2012

California Ready to Grant Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Immigrants?

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California Democrats have tried this type of Hispandering before, but California voters have not been willing to accept granting a driver’s license to someone who is here illegally.

But, now with President Obama’s controversial immigration selective enforcement, they will try it again.

California is on the verge of allowing hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses for the first time in nearly two decades.

The key question is how to do it.

The issue of granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants has raged in the Legislature for much of the past decade, without resolution, but fighting is largely moot now due to a new federal policy.

President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals gives a select group of undocumented immigrants the right to live and work in the United States for two years without fear of deportation.

California is laying the groundwork for extending the privilege to drivi
ng, too, for an estimated 400,000 immigrants.

“It appears that young people who receive federal deferrals will be eligible for California driver’s licenses,” the Department of Motor Vehicles said in a written statement Tuesday.

“But it remains uncertain whether clarifying legislation or regulations will be necessary,” the DMV statement said.

Gil Duran, spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown, said the DMV statement reflects the governor’s position but that he could not elaborate.

The glitch is that state regulations allow only certain types of federal immigration documents to support the issuance of a driver’s license.

There WILL be a profound negative outcry should this become California DMV policy.

Any legislation that needs to be passed will be immediately subject to a California referendum and not enacted.

Now, whether Governor Jerry Brown will order this change, or has the power to do so, will also be subject to court action.

Do California Democrats really want such a blatant pander play to Hispanics to be at the forefront going into the November election season?

I doubt they will and after the initial bloviating by the Hispanic-Democratic Caucus, this issue will be relegated to the back bench.

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