October 3, 2013
In a move that shouldn’t surprise anyone anywhere, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed a bill to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
While their presence in the country is illegal, their driving will not be – the sad part is, this makes as much sense as approximately everything else that is happening in the world today.
When signing the bill, Brown made a gross appeal to emotion – because Mexicans are people to, right? How can we not allow all of them inside of our country?
He also boldly stated that this move was part of a plot to bully the rest of the country to adopt similar measures.
From the LA Times:
“This is only the first step. When a million people without their documents drive legally with respect to the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice,” said Brown, who officially signed the bill earlier Thursday. “No longer are undocumented people in the shadows, they are alive and well and respected in the state of California.”
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck also applauded the legislation.
“Today is a great a day for Los Angeles, for all of California, and we hope an inspiration for this nation,” Garcetti said.[…]
Backers said the law would make roadways safer because there would be less motivation for drivers afraid of being deported to flee the scene of a traffic accident. They would also be tested on the rules of the road.
“That’s what this is about, making the streets of this state safer,” Beck said.
Garcetti the new law also made “common sense” given the practical realities of workers going to and from work.
“They are making contributions every day to our economy,” he said.
Mario Cardenas, who sits on the Council of Mexican Federations, part of broad coalition of groups pushing for the legislation, said advocates would be working with their clients to educate them about the new law.
“We are going to work on educating our people to learn the laws of the road and then to get their license,’’ he said. “We need to send a message that we will be responsible with the card.”