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Illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses; takes effect in 2015

Posted: Friday, Oct 4th, 2013

WATSONVILLE — Thousands of illegal immigrants in California will soon be eligible to receive driver’s licenses after Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law Assembly Bill 60, a law written by former Watsonville mayor and Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas.

Proponents say the new law will increase road safety by allowing approximately 1.4 million immigrants to receive drivers training and to purchase auto insurance. In addition, it will also make it easier for them to work, thereby contributing tax revenue to the state.

  “We’re making history here,” Alejo said. “This will have an impact on millions of people.”

“Today is a recognition of all the hard work that immigrants do for California,” Alejo stated in a press release. “This is a promise to the immigrant community that their work is being acknowledged.”

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday announced that it will begin drafting new regulations and preparing field offices to process new applications. The new law becomes operative by Jan. 1, 2015.

For the complete article see the 10-05-2013 issue.

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