Illegal immigrants with licenses 'very big disappointment'

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
 | 
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

An advocate for legal immigration says California's new law providing driver's licenses for illegal immigrants will make the state a magnet for illegal behavior. 

California officials are concerned that a new law offering driver's licenses to illegal immigrants in the state would make it difficult for documentation.

During a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing, the California Latino Legislative Caucus pressured the DMV to quickly develop regulations and accept applications for licenses. Speakers also urged the DMV to accept a variety of documentation including utility bills, union ID cards and baptismal certificates.

Gheen, William (ALIPAC)"It's a very big disappointment to us that our most populous state in America is aiding and abetting illegal immigrants, which is a violation of federal law," says William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, or ALIPAC. 

The legislation's author considered shelving the law amid concerns that the law would expose immigrants to deportation and discrimination. Under federal law, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants must contain a feature that distinguishes them from regular driver's licenses.

"It's going to create an incentive for other states to follow their lead," suggests Gheen. "You can use your driver's license to open banks, rent homes and conduct other business in every state."

An analysis reported that providing licenses to illegals could cost the state roughly $140 million to $200 million over three years.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What bothers you most about Huma Abedin's connection with radical Islam?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Latest: Sheriff: Suspect confessed to nuns' killing
Mother charged in drowning death of son in central Ala.
3rd suspect in NM girl's horrific death held on bail
Warning of 'war' on farmers, Trump seeks support in Iowa
Latest: Activists say Syrian planes bomb city of Homs
Nevada becomes one of Trump's big hopes for swing state win
Little precedent for $400M cash payment to Iran
Latest: Barrel bomb attack in Aleppo kills at least 15

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Trump talks tough on immigration: Deporting criminal illegals 'on day one'
NJ governor wants To make state 'shall issue' on concealed carry permits
Prosecutor won't let go of jury-savvy pastor
Niners QB Kaepernick refuses to stand for anthem in protest
As Trump courts Latinos, Clinton links him to radical fringe

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Jesus made them do it? CA couple defends pot shop as ministry

Two medical marijuana dispensary owners in California are entangled in a legal battle for refusing to pay a large tax bill because they say their shop is a Christian ministry.