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Saturday September 1, 2012

Undocumented Immigrants Can Obtain Driver’s License in California

Undocumented Immigrants Can Obtain Driver’s License in California

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California officials have approved a bill which will allow some undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license.

According to MSNBC, the bill specifies those immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16 and have not been convicted of a felony. It passed Thursday in a 55-15 vote before it went to Gov. Jerry Brown.

“It is a victory for those who were brought here through no fault of their own, played by the rules, and are only asking to be included in and contribute to American society,” the bill’s sponsor, Assembly member Gilbert Cedillo, said, adding that he is confident Brown will sign it into law.

The bill contrasts how other states have dealt with the issue of illegal immigration. Arizona passed laws in order to clamp down on undocumented immigrants.

Immigrants wishing to apply for a license must be at least 15 and no older than 30.

Fox News reports that some Republicans support the bill, while others believe that California, a heavily-Democratic state, should leave the issue to the federal government.