California bill allows DREAMers to obtain driver’s licenses
The California legislature on Thursday passed three bills that would give significant new rights to immigrants, most of them Latinos.
A bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature would allow undocumented immigrants who become eligible for work permits under a new Obama administration program to apply for state driver’s licenses.
The landmark measure, passed by the state Assembly Thursday, would allow immigrants to use documents they received through the federal program as proof of legal residence at the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
California’s move comes at a time when officials of several states have moved to deny driver’s licenses to these immigrants, saying that such people will still be in the country illegally despite their eligibility for Obama’s so-called “deferred action” program.
Two other measures that are headed to the governor’s desk would give nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers an array of rights, and impose fines and jail time on agricultural employers who do not provide enough shade and water to their workers.
Both the domestic worker and agricultural industries contain a predominantly Latino workforce.
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