Illegal youths may get driver’s licenses
August 16, 2012
California and Arizona are the first two states to decide if youthful illegal immigrants should be able to acquire driver’s licenses when the Obama administration grants their work permits. Arizona said no, California, yes. (San Jose Mercury News)
The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday it will make licenses available to the estimated 400,000 individuals who would be eligible under new federal rules, which allow each state to makes its own determination on the matter.
Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer sign an order Wednesday prohibiting her state’s issuance of licenses to anyone who falls under the new federal mandate.
A state assemblyman, Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) said he believes most Californians oppose such action and hopes this will ignite “a huge debate on the issue.” Current state law prohibits illegals from getting licenses, but once approved by the Department of Homeland Security, they will be classified as “temporary legal residents.”