Click here to see how our firm is preparing for COVID-19

California Prepares to Issue Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Spread the love

Gov. Jerry Brown is under much scrutiny from both Republicans and Democrats as he is set to sign a bill this Thursday which will add California to the states that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Immigration advocate groups find this as a remarkable victory for undocumented immigrants and the community recognizing that it is time to pull all immigrants out of the shadows.

Immigrants no longer fear deportation while driving

Immigration advocates have been lobbying for change in the state with the largest population of immigrants for years so that immigrants would be able to drive without having to worry about being pulled over and deported. “This is really a historic day for California," said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. "This is really simply about driving and ultimately about being able to engage in everyday activities that every American does."

The effort recently got more media attention as immigrants who were caught driving without a license began seeing their cars impounded and they were placed in deportation proceedings before they had a chance to get a lawyer. Most states do not allow immigrants who are in the country illegally to obtain licenses, but a growing number have passed similar bills giving licenses only for driving purposes.

Immigrants may be subject to discrimination

The one criticism of the licenses is that the immigrants will have a distinct mark on the front of the card that shows that they are undocumented. Immigration advocates raised concerns that this will only contribute to racial profiling, but the bill also contains measures that protect against discrimination. About 1.4 million drivers will most likely apply for a license under this law. Advocates see this as an opportunity to get a bill signed and passed by this year. This is also a good opportunity to show collaboration between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials over the issue.

If you are looking for a licensed immigration attorney, have questions regarding immigration reform, applying for a visa or attaining legal status, contact us at 314-961-8200 or visit our contact page.

You May Also Like

I-140 Processing Time: Everything You Should Know Spread the loveForm I-140, known as Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, is essential for obtaining permanent resident status in the United States. Generally, I-140 processing time varies from case... VIEW POST
How to Do a USCIS Status Check Spread the loveImmigration processes in the United States can be lengthy. Thus, doing a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) case status check is essential to keep track of... VIEW POST
How To Do a DS-260 Application Spread the love Individuals and family members seeking a Diversity Visa, or anyone living outside the United States who plans to obtain a marriage-based green card, must complete Form... VIEW POST

Download Free Guide 
2023 Immigrant’s Guide to 
Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know to become  
a U.S. citizen.

Download Free Guide 2022 Immigrant’s Guide to Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know
to become a U.S. citizen.

Answers Show
Live every week.