California governor signs off on driver’s licenses for migrant labor

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill letting an estimated 400,000 young undocumented immigrants qualify for California drivers licenses.

The bill, which Brown signed late Sunday, lets young people qualify for licenses if they are accepted by a federal program giving work permits to immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16 and are now 30 years old or younger.

The bill makes California conform with President Barack Obama’s June 15 executive action that let hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children remain in the country without fear of deportation and able to work.

“Gov. Brown believes the federal government should pursue comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” Brown spokesman Gil Duran was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying. “President Obama has recognized the unique status of these students, and making them eligible to apply for driver’s licenses is an obvious next step.”

Opponents argued California should be careful in giving drivers licenses because they are used as identification blah, blah, blah…

Assembly Bill 2189, introduced by Democratic state Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo of Los Angeles, says any papers issued by the federal program are sufficient to get a license.

“I’m proud the governor chose public safety over the politics of the day,” Cedillo said.

Dealing with realities makes life a little bit easier for all of us. In this instance, easier for coppers and insurance companies.

I have a particular historic beef with illegal migrant labor used as scabs – literally replacing an entire workforce to cut wages as was done in the meat-packing industry and the laborer side of home-building here in the United States. But, the responsibility to fight that crap should be layed at the feet of the unions and politicians who rolled over for beancounters and lobbyists.

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