The state with the most undocumented immigrants in the United States is close to granting undocumented youth a great opportunity.
California lawmakers approved a bill last week that will allow childhood arrivals who qualify for Deferred Action to obtain a driver’s license in the state. It passed in the California state Assembly with a 55-15 vote. The only thing pending is Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.
If Brown signs the bill, it will become law. He has 30 days to approve it or veto it.
This bill, AB 2189, was introduced soon after the Deferred Action, DACA, policy went into effect. The policy was put in place just last month and its primary purpose is to relax deportation rules for young people who came to the U.S. as children and who meet the eligibility requirements set by the USCIS, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The DACA program brings great relief to the youth, who according to the Obama Administration, should not be reprimanded for the choices made by adults.
The passing of this bill shows that California’s legislature is looking to help undocumented youth. Not only that, but it shows that they want to help everyone else driving on the California road ways because with a valid driver’s license, drivers can obtain car insurance.
States like Arizona, on the other hand, are denying driver’s licenses to Deferred Action recipients.