The California state assembly voted in favor of a bill that would allow the Department of Motor vehicles to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. The reason for such an unprecedented move is due to Barack Obama's new policy in granting work permits to illegals.

Currently the bill is on its way to Governor Jerry Brown's desk to be signed into law.

Fox News reports,

The state Assembly Thursday approved a bill that would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue licenses to illegal immigrants eligible for work permits under a new Obama administration policy.

The landmark bill would allow immigrants to use documents they received through the federal program as proof of legal residence at the DMV.

Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles said he wrote AB2189 to make roads safer, and allow young immigrants to drive to school and to work.

This has to be one of the most stupid statements I've heard. Giving driver's licenses to people who are illegally here will make the 'roads safer?' Just how that works Mr. Cedillo doesn't say. What this does is reward bad behavior. People are obviously breaking the law and to give them work permits and on top of that a driver's license, is a slap in the fact to every citizen who has come to this country legally and have gone through the process, often separated from family for months or years.

House Judiciary Committee Chariman Lamar Smith (R-TX) declared the same thing. He said,

"By lowering the fee or waiving it altogether for illegal immigrants, those who play by the rules will face delays and large backlogs as attention is diverted to illegal immigrants. American taxpayers should not be forced to bail out illegal immigrants and President Obama's fiscally irresponsible policies."

Raven Clabough, writing for the New American, wrote of the new program that began this fiasco by the Obama administration:

California’s bill is in response to a June announcement from the Obama administration of a federal program to ease deportation rules and allow some immigrants to gain temporary legal status in the United States.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the new federal program announced by the Obama administration, applies to immigrants who arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday, are younger than 30 years of age, have been living in the United States for at least five years, and either are in school, have graduated, or have served in the military. As of August 15, those who are eligible may file a document entitled “Request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” They will then be granted a work permit for two years.

DACA is expected to cost more than $585 million and require the hiring of hundreds of new federal employees to process the more than one million expected requests.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the cost of the program would be offset by a $465 paperwork fee, but as noted by TeaParty.org, “Fee waivers could dramatically affect the government’s share of the cost. The plans said that, depending on how many applicants don’t pay, the government could lose between $19 million and $121 million.”

This will, no doubt, be signed into law in California and when it is, it will spread throughout the country. What is even more troubling is that in many states, voter registration is also an option when getting a driver's license and you can be sure that the Obama administration will be all over that, especially in an election year.

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