Providing Driver’s Licenses to DREAM-eligible Students Makes Sense
AB 2189 Vehicles: driver’s licenses (Cedillo, D-Los Angeles) would allow up to 450,000 undocumented young people in California to apply for a driver’s license if they meet all qualifications for licensure, as well as other requirements outlined in the recently implemented Federal deferred action program. Many of them qualify for relief under the Federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
AB 2189 is not only a matter of recognizing hard working young people who are committed to contributing to our society and participating in our economy in a positive way, but also a matter of maintaining public safety for all. Ensuring more licensed and secure drivers on our roads and highways, makes it that much safer for everyone. This important piece of legislation will provide fairness, protection, and safety to a vulnerable group of hard-working immigrants who deserve to remain in our country and who contribute their talents to our communities.
President Obama’s decision, earlier this year, stopped the deportation of DREAM Act students who meet specified criteria, such as current enrollment in school or graduation with a high school diploma or college degree, and who are willing and able to work.
Working in conjunction with the executive order to give young people temporary status in this country, as well as granting them the ability to pursue a higher education and be gainfully employed, AB 2189 would allow this particular group of young people to apply for a California’s driver’s license, if and only if, they have entered the country before they were 16 years of age and if they are, or will be, between the age of 16 and 31 before June 15, 2012. They would also be required to have lived in the country for an uninterrupted period of five years without a major criminal record.
Please click “take action” now and ask the Governor to sign AB 2189.