Monday, December 29, 2014
It has frequently been reported that, in California, undocumented immigrants will be eligible for driver's licenses in the new year. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles has been hard at work on the implementation of AB 60, the law that after years of efforts restored such eligibility. Until 1994, undoumented immigrants were eligible for driver's licenses in California. That ended with a flood of legislation directed at immigrants that came on the heels of Proposition 187, which was passed by the Golden State's voters in 1994.
Times have changed since 1994 in California, with large increases in Latino voters and legislators over the last 20 years. Besides AB 60, the legislature passed a law permitting undocumented immigrants to secure a license to practice law, a bill spurred on by the Sergio Garcia case in the California Supreme Court.
Happy New Year!