One of the major issues in the Conservative’s drive to label all illegal immigrants as wanton criminals has been the issue of whether or not an illegal immigrant should be allowed to have a driver’s license. The issue, like most issues is not simple. And the issue in
California is not with respect to all
illegal immigrants, it deals with young men and women brought to this country
when they were young, and who have now been given the right to stay and work
providing they have led and are leading exemplary lives.
This should not be a controversy. A person need to drive in order to thrive in the
And most illegal immigrants are going to drive with or without a driver’s
license. So providing them with a driver’s license does nothing more than
insure that they will drive a little more safely, and that they are much more
likely to have auto insurance.
Still it has taken years for
to adopt measures which allow young people who are illegal through no fault
of there own to get a driver’s license.
But the day
has finally come. California
Cedillo's bill, AB 2189, could allow an estimated 450,000 young illegal immigrants to drive legally if they qualify for a federal work-permit program under a new Obama administration policy.
The program grants a two-year deferral from deportation for illegal immigrants who came to the
before age 16 and are now 30 or younger. They'd have to be attending school or
have completed high school or served honorably in the military, and not have a
criminal record. United States
So who would oppose such a program? Well the usual suspects of course.
It's still a highly partisan issue politically, however. Democrats supported Cedillo's bill. Most Republicans didn't.
The legislative debates had a familiar, if less forceful, ring than in the past.
Republicans argued that there's a security risk in granting illegal immigrants IDs; also that we shouldn't be rewarding border-crashers for their illegal behavior.
Of course many of the so-called border crashers in this case were three years old when they did that. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be punished today, at least according to Republicans.
Finally, the Republican Party again issued a statement saying they expected Hispanics to support them in the upcoming elections. Yes they call themselves Republicans, the rest of us call them Clueless in