Driver’s license furor erupting
August 21, 2012
Faced with fast and furious reaction to an earlier decision, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is reexamining its stated intent to issue driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants who become part of the federal government’s deportation amnesty. (San Jose Mercury News)
Last week, the agency became the first in the nation to declare its intent to issue those licenses, even as officials of other states announced they would not.
But Monday, the DMV issued the following statement: “It appears that young people who receive federal deferrals will be eligible for California driver’s licenses, but it remains uncertain whether clarifying legislation or regulations will be necessary.”
An estimated 400,000 young people could become eligible for licenses if DMV determines it will issue to them.
Advocates on both sides of the controversy have been asking for a solution from California officials. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) said Gov. Jerry Brown “should come out very clearly and explain why one of his agencies has decided to just go rogue and hand out what was once one of the most secure documents in the world.”