California is taking a huge step towards progressive immigration reform.
On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that would allow young undocumented immigrants to receive government issued driver's licenses.
According to The LA Times, young immigrants could qualify to receive a driver's license if they are accepted into a federal program that grants work permits to those 30 years or younger who were brought to the U.S. before they were 16 years old.
The Times continues:
As many as 350,000 undocumented immigrants in California may be eligible for the Obama administration program, which waives the threat of deportation for two years for those who have no criminal record.
The Times also reports:
Brown spokesman Gil Duran said that by issuing the driver’s licenses, the state will merely be adhering to the new federal rules imposed by the White House.
“Gov. Brown believes the federal government should pursue comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” Duran said. “President Obama has recognized the unique status of these students, and making them eligible to apply for driver’s licenses is an obvious next step.''
America has prospered and thrived because of immigrants, so it's great to see California helping to give deserving undocumented immigrants the chance they need to pursue their dreams and become productive members in our country.
SOURCE: LA Times