California begins giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens

The largest state in  the union began handing out driver's licenses to illegal aliens today.  State officials expect that more than a million illegals will take advantage of the program over the next three years.

Long lines are expected at license facilities.

NBC Los Angeles:

It is claimed the move will boost road safety, while also making life easier for undocumented immigrants.

Officials said they cannot predict how many people will line up immediately to apply, but the number of people making appointments for a license more than doubled when immigrants were allowed to sign up. 

Appointments are required to apply for a license except at four newly-created DMV offices.

California is one of 10 states that now provide licenses to immigrants in the country illegally. The licenses issued to immigrants without legal status will include a distinctive marking and are not considered a valid form of federal identification.

Immigrants in the country illegally have not been allowed to apply for a driver's license in California since the state began requiring proof of legal presence during the 1990s.

Immigrant advocates have cheered the licenses as a way to integrate immigrants who must drive to work and shuttle children to school. But critics have questioned state officials' ability to verify the identity of foreign applicants, citing security concerns.

Even if the illegal doesn't have any valid identification, he may still get a license:

Applicants must submit proof of identity and state residency and pass written and road tests. Those who don't possess foreign government-issued identification on a list of approved documents can be interviewed by a DMV investigator to see if they qualify.

Starting on Friday, immigrants who pass the initial hurdles will get a driving permit. But they must return for a driving test before they can get the new licenses, which will be marked with the words "federal limits apply."

So the undocumented are to be documented.  Those under a deportation order will supposedly not be given a license, nor will those with a criminal record.  But don't be surprised if those exceptions slip through the cracks and get a license anyway.

This is just another way to legalize the illegal and reward those who break the law.  The fact that in many cases, the states will be unsure of exactly who is applying for a license because such people lack proper identification only points up the dangers this program poses to the public.

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