If you’re one of the 400,000 young illegal immigrants in California, then now’s your chance to get a California drivers license.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sunday night which lets young people qualify for licenses if they are accepted by a federal program giving work permits to immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16 and are now 30 years old or younger, according to Sacramento radio station KFBK.
“Gov. Brown believes the federal government should pursue comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” Brown spokesman Gil Duran was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying. “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.”
Opponents argued California should be careful handing out drivers licenses because they are used as identification for many other purposes, including entering airline terminals, The Sacramento Bee reported.
“It is a victory for those who were brought here through no choice of their own, played by the rules, and are only asking to be included in and contribute to American society,” said the bill’s creator, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo.