California Legislators Approve Driver’s Licenses For Some Undocumented Immigrants

Lawmakers in California passed a bill Thursday to allow young undocumented immigrants who qualify for deferred action under a recent Obama Administration directive to receive driver’s licenses. The measure now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for approval, and Assembly member Gilbert Cedillo (D), who sponsored the bill, said he thinks Brown will sign it. Cedillo introduced the bill after President Obama announced the deferred action policy, which grants temporary work permits to many DREAM Act-eligible young undocumented immigrants. While California is helping the DREAMers access state benefits, other states are blocking them from obtaining driver’s licenses.