The Democrat dominated state of California is ready to take advantage of President Obama's executive order on amnesty for younger illegal aliens to allow hundreds of thousands of them to obtain driver's licenses:
California is on the verge of allowing hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses for the first time in nearly two decades.
The key question is how to do it.
The issue of granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants has raged in the Legislature for much of the past decade, without resolution, but fighting is largely moot now due to a new federal policy.
President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals gives a select group of undocumented immigrants the right to live and work in the United States for two years without fear of deportation.
California is laying the groundwork for extending the privilege to driving, too, for an estimated 400,000 immigrants.
"It appears that young people who receive federal deferrals will be eligible for California driver's licenses," the Department of Motor Vehicles said in a written statement Tuesday.
"But it remains uncertain whether clarifying legislation or regulations will be necessary," the DMV statement said. [...]
The glitch is that state regulations allow only certain types of federal immigration documents to support the issuance of a driver's license.
If President Obama's Deferred Action program provides participants with "new or different immigration documents," then legislation or regulatory clarification may be needed, the DMV said.
Unless Brown takes a stand against issuing driver's licenses, passage of such legislation appears a sure thing in a Democratic-controlled Legislature that has consistently supported driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in years past.
President Obama's Deferred Action executive order covers illegal aliens between the ages of 15 and 31, who were brought to America before the age of 16 and have no criminal record. Participants also must be either high school students or graduates who have lived in the United States continuously for five years.
In many Blue states with substantial illegal alien populations like California,the order is being interpreted as applying to people who have merely attended high school at some point, and most crimes except violent felonies are being ignored.
The idea,of course, is not driver safety or forcing illegal aliens to obtain auto insurance. Let alone illegal aliens, there are a significant amount of legal residents of California who drive without licenses, auto insurance or both simply because they have no major assets and nothing to lose if they get into an accident. That's why every auto insurance policy in California includes a surcharge to cover damage to the insured caused by uninsured motorists.
No, the real deal is to turn illegal aliens into voters. Everyone applying for a driver's license is given voter registration papers, thanks to President Clinton's 1993 National Voter Registration Act, usually referred to as the 'motor-voter law', one of the best facilitators of voter fraud ever devised.
If California's Democrats get their way, the illegal aliens covered by the Deferred Action order will have driver's licenses indistinguishable from those of legal residents, there's absolutely nothing to stop them from registering to vote and being added to the rolls.
It's notable that there's nothing in the Deferred Action order that specifies that illegal aliens covered are to get driver's licenses. It merely exempts them from any fear of deportation proceedings for two years.In Arizona, California's next door neighbor, Governor Jan Brewer has already signed an executive order this month directing Arizona's Department of Motor Vehicles not to issue driver's licenses to Deferred Action participants.
In California, by contrast, Democrats see this as an avenue to add thousands of new voters to the rolls, and long time advocates for these policies like Los Angeles Democrat Assemblyman Gil Cedillo see this as an opening for the future amnesty and voter registration of all illegal aliens, openly admitting that granting driver's license rights to a select group now could pave the way for "expanding such opportunities for more undocumented immigrants in years to come."
In other words, a built in majority that will keep people like Mr. Cedillo in power for years to come.
And of course, that's the whole point.At least, until the entire rotten structure collapses.