Bill to Give Licenses to Undocumented Drivers Awaits Governor's Signature
A San Jose-based group says a bill to allow some undocumented immigrants to get California driver’s licenses could have a big impact on people’s lives.
The bill has cleared the Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.
It would apply to young people who qualify for President Obama’s Deferred Action program, which sets a moratorium on deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16.
Zelica Rodriguez-Deams with the Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) says the bill could affect 30,000 young people in Santa Clara County alone.
"At this point and the culture that we live in," Rodriguez-Deams said, "I think driving is so much a part of our lives, there’s a lot of people who really depend on having a driver’s license."
States including Nebraska and Arizona have already said they would deny licenses to deferred action immigrants.