New Law to Allow Many Undocumented Immigrants to Drive
AB 2189 affects an estimated 400,000 undocumented immigrants expected to meet the requirements of President Barack Obama's new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The bill was the latest proposal in a decade-long campaign by Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo to give undocumented immigrants the right to drive legally in California.
Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, contended that issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants would enhance public safety by ensuring that they are trained and tested, and making it more likely that they will buy insurance.
Opponents argued that California should be extremely careful in how it doles out driver's licenses because they are used as identification for numerous other public purposes - entering an airline terminal, for example.
Officials of the California Department of Motor Vehicles ...