California: Fast and furious on benefits for illegals

California: Fast and furious on benefits for illegals

[Ed. – Emphasis added.]

The first words you read on the California DMV’s AB 60 implementation website are startling to some, offensive to many, but now the law here in the Golden State: “Assembly Bill (AB) 60 (Chapter 524: Statutes of 2013) requires the department to issue an original driver license to an applicant who is unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States…”.

A quick perusal of acceptable forms of proof of identification that must be presented to the DMV show the list topped by either an existing California license or ID Card, or a Mexican Federal Electoral Card, a Mexican Passport, or a Mexican Matricula Consular, or an approved foreign passport. …

Governor Brown was so anxious to express his pleasure about the bill’s passage that before it even reached his desk he issued a public statement: “This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally.  Hopefully it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due.” …

in Oregon a law very similar to California’s AB 60 was passed by the legislature and signed into law–but was later the subject of a referendum (it takes 50,000 voter signatures on approved petitions to refer a bill to the voters in Oregon). In the Nov. 4 general election Oregonians voted overwhelmingly by a two-thirds margin to invalidate the law, and maintain proof of legal residency as a requirement to get an Oregon drivers license.

While Oregon voters have put their foot on the brakes, not so the case down here in California. In addition to the drivers license law, illegal aliens have been benefitting from a bill that provided for state subsidies in the form of Cal Grants if they choose to attend a university in California. And starting in 2015, those illegally in California will be able to apply for state-level student aid loans. A separate new law now requires 40 separate professional licensing boards in California by 2016 to issue permits without a requirement that that being licensed can demonstrate legal residency. 

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