The state Assembly approved the bill on a 55-19 vote late Thursday, hours after the Senate also voted to pass it. Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement indicating he would sign it into law, allowing some 2 million people in California to drive legally.
"This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally," Brown said in the statement. "Hopefully, it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due."
The legislation also would make drivers eligible for insurance and training, including written and driving tests required by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The cards will carry notification that it is only an ID for driving, and that it does not establish eligibility for employment, voting or seeking public benefits. "In essence, it puts a big flag on the card that this is not for a person that is in this country legally," said Assemblywoman Diane Harkey. "So I kind of question the purpose of the bill.''
But Latino lawmakers in the Senate revived the bill in the session's waning hours. They said that legally licensing people to drive was more important than concerns over what the licenses would look like.
California will soon be overwhelmingly Hispanic and this law is strongly supported by the (illegal) immigration lobby. The illegals can't vote, but their kids (mostly) can and those are the votes that the lawmakers are going for. They also want an open border, so I expect California to be pushing for that within the next decade
quote:47% in this country pay no federal income taxes and/or get the EITC and CTC. Most illegals work in low paying jobs and their birth rate out-paces both blacks and whites. I'd hazard a guess that the vast majority will fall into the 47% category.
Will they now be paying taxes if they're working legally?