Illegal Immigrants Can Get A License

, Posted: Mon, October 1 2012 at 6:44 PM, Updated: Tue, October 2 2012 at 5:12 PM

A license is a U.S. citizen's  passport to drive, now it will also be one for some illegal immigrants living in California due to a new law passed by California Governor Jerry Brown.

California's illegal immigrants legally allowed to drive.
"I don't see anything wrong with that at all," California resident, Amanda Powell tells us. She feels that even if you're not a U.S. citizen you should be able to get a license.

"What if they have to walk around with their children, that's not safe," Powell says, "...or if they're going to school and trying to better themselves who are we to say they can't drive, that's not right."

Late Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown made California the first state to permit some illegal immigrants to get a license.
AB2189 will allow California Departments of Motor Vehicles to issue a license to illegal immigrants who qualify for a work permit under new Obama administration policy.

We went to Yreka's DMV to ask them the particulars. While they were too busy to speak with us today, they reiterated that licenses will only be given to those who qualify for the new Federal Work Permit Program.

For that, a person must have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years starting before the age of 16, and currently be under 30. Plus, they must be in school or graduated or served in the military.

The passage of the bill also has many California residents upset, voicing heated opposition.
"I don't agree with it. If you're an illegal immigrant, then the laws of our state and country don't apply." says resident Mike Koon.

Many are concerned what the new law could mean in the long run, saying a license may also become the passport for illegal immigrants to vote in the state.
"For us to then go miles further to vote, what's next... social security and all the other things? It's a slippery slope," continues Koon.   
Still Powell says everyone in this country should have equal rights to drive, "I think it's selfish to say that they can't, because I don't think it's right."

The Federal Work Permit Program went into effect in August of this year.

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