Today marks the first day that illegal immigrants living in California have the ability to get a drivers license without showing a proof of residency (San Jose Mercury News). The bill that allowed the illegal immigrants to get a drivers license was because of the passing of AB60, which was passed in late 2013 (California DMV , NBC News) and allowed over 6,000 illegal immigrants residing in California today to obtain a license. Theses license do differ from a normal license because they have "FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY" written on it so that Homeland Security could tell the difference (San Jose Mercury News). Only a few DMV offices around the state were open to accommodate all these people, such as the East San Jose office.
I think this is a good idea to allow illegal immigrants the ability to drive because it is the first step to becoming an american citizen. But like everyone else, I wouldn't want more drivers because the roads are already congested, especially in the LA area. I think this will help the President's immigration reform policies and also help the democratic party get more votes if this works well in the coming months. Driving can be a necessity for people and it is great leap forward to having better immigration policies.
1. Do you think this will help the Democratic party secure future votes from immigrants?
2. What do you predict this impact will this have on future legislation in California?
3. What can the passing of this bill benefit people in California?