The majority of brand-new California licenses go to motorists in U.S. unlawfully


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In this Jan. 2, 2015, file picture, individuals line up at a California Department of Motor Autos office to register for motorists licenses in Stanton, Calif.

Friday, July 17, 2015|6:44 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO– After a new law went into result in January, majority of all new driver’s licenses released in California this year have gone to people who are in the country unlawfully, the state said Friday.

The California Department of Motor Automobiles reported it has actually issued roughly 397,000 licenses to people who reside in the country unlawfully. An overall of 759,000 licenses were released in the first six months of the year.

The DMV released 435,000 licenses in the very first six months of 2014.

The new law initially produced big interest, with long lines at DMV workplaces in January and February. The DMV anticipates to see about one million more applicants over the next three years who are covered under the new law.

“We really hope that all of those people will be able to pass the screening and have the essential files to obtain” a license, stated DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez.

Advocates of the law say providing licenses to people regardless of their migration condition makes the roadways safer for everyone. New motorists state having a license indicates they can travel more easily for work or pleasure.

Some individuals had actually been driving without a license.

“It’s terrific that people are benefiting from this brand-new law,” stated Jackelin Aguilar, community organizer for Second People of Faith Together, an Auburn, California-based group that supports the new licenses.

“It’s certainly an advance for the families, and having identification is huge,” Aguilar said.

Challengers state individuals who remain in the country illegally needs to not be rewarded.

Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, which promotes for legal and limited immigration, chided California for making life easier for individuals in the country illegally, at the expenditure of residents and legal locals.

“There are now 400,000 more signals to people all over the world that working unlawfully in California is motivated by the government itself,” he stated.

About 687,000 people have gotten the licenses provided to illegal immigrants. Candidates must pass driving tests and show proof of residency and identity.

The new license is marked differently than those released to other drivers in the state and is not considered a valid kind of federal identification, for instance, to board an airplane.

More than 1.1 million individuals who get the brand-new licenses took the composed driver’s test in between Jan. 2 and June 30, and 436,000 have likewise taken a behind-the-wheel driving test.

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