California Prepares to Issue Driver's Licenses to Young Illegal Immigrants

| by Michael Allen

The State of California is preparing to give driver's licenses to an estimated 400,000 undocumented immigrants, following President Obama's 'Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals' order.

The Department of Motor Vehicles said in a written statement Tuesday: "It appears that young people who receive federal deferrals will be eligible for California driver's licenses. But it remains uncertain whether clarifying legislation or regulations will be necessary."

The Sacramento Bee reports:

Deferred Action applies to undocumented immigrants 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.

Gil Duran, spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown, said the DMV statement reflects the governor's position but that he could not elaborate.

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.