Eligible Illegal Immigrants in California to Get Driver’s License

L.A. CALIFORNIA– The good news quickly spreads out to all foreign nationals who have no legal documentation and who qualify under the deferred action program. Aliens who have no proper documentation will now be able to drive a car and enjoy the roads in California just like any other.

Driver’s licenses for undocumented aliens

California is set to certain allow undocumented aliens to obtain driving licenses.  Stemming off from a recent Executive Order from the Obama Administration announced in June known as the “deferred action” which would allow certain illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to be spared from deportation, the bill which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to appeal to Hispanic voters.

The announcement in June made by the Obama White House is expected to affect as many as 1.7 million illegal aliens in a statement released by the Pew Hispanic Center.  

Victorious Bill

According to California State Assembly member Gilbert Cedilo, the bill is a victory for those who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own and have played by rules throughout their time in the country.

The passage of the bill which has a vote of 55-15 in the State Assembly and 25-7 in the Senate, is viewed as the latest chapter in an intense, long-running battle as both sides attempt to figure out ways on how to handle illegal immigration.  

Undocumented Aliens in California

Currently, California has the largest population of undocumented aliens in the United States with a population of 2.6 million as of early 2010.

It is the latest of a number of pro-immigrant measures advocated in the State which is staunchly different from neighboring Arizona’s policy who earlier passed strong anti-illegal immigration reforms.  Proponents of the law are referring to the series of measures as “Anti-Arizona.”   

Critics of the policy change

The bill is not without criticism as Republican lawmakers have called the proposed policy as a political ploy in an effort to win over Hispanic voters in an election year.

Currently, only New Mexico, Utah, and Washington are the only states which allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a state driver’s license.


Deferred Action Program

To be able to fully avail of the benefits of the deferred action program of the present administration, the applicants should be well represented by an immigration lawyer who has in depth knowledge of immigration laws, rules, and procedures. Retaining a lawyer is not mandated but is suggested in order to increase one’s chances for approval.

Niren and Associates, a firm that has earned a good reputation and experience of over 15 years, may be able to help people who are looking to make their status legitimate.

Niren and Associates has offices in Canada and the United States and has a team of dedicated immigration lawyers ready to reach out clients in need of help.

The Los Angeles Immigration Law Office of Niren and Associates can be reached at (213) 232-4397 or through its email, [email protected].

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