The state of California has opened a new Department of Motor Vehicles office to handle the many undocumented immigrants who will be able to get a driver’s license on January 2, 2015.
Undocumented immigrants have been, up to this point, not been allowed to drive legally, and California’s move has been part of a great deal of immigration reform moves in the United States during the later part of 2014.
500,000 undocumented immigrants are now eligible to drive legally without having to worry about getting a costly ticket for not having a license. Residents of California can now rest easy that all residents of their state will be qualified to drive by the state’s driving test.
Permanent residents and citizens can also benefit from the new office opened in San Jose because it will potentially reduce heavy DMV traffic, especially in the month prior to undocumented immigrants’ eligibility.
President Obama announced a new program for undocumented immigrants in late November called Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA). The president’s announcement, as he said in a speech at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, was to prompt more permanent legislation for immigration reform on the part of Congress.
Conservative voices in the United States have expressed many emotions ranging from disappointment from outright anger at the President’s announcements and various states’ steps towards granting undocumented immigrants further rights. The argument being that these laws stand to legitimize illegal action.
However, supporters point out that this legislation legitimizes a class of people who are essential to the United States’ economy and culture.
Other Related News and Articles: