Allow A Certain Class Of Undocumented Immigrants To Obtain Provisional Drivers Licenses

 

Resolution 13-04.70

 

WHEREAS, the Obama administration recently announced a program to grant temporary work permits and a reprieve from possible deportation to undocumented immigrants 30 years and younger who were brought to this country before they turned 16 and who meet other requirements such as having a clean record, a high school diploma and referred to as the "deferred action for childhood arrivals."

WHEREAS, because of the Obama program we applaud Governor Brown for signing AB2189, a bill that now allows those young immigrants who qualify for the Obama program to also be allowed to get driver's licenses and thus obtain insurance; and

WHEREAS, currently insurance companies only insure individuals with a California driver's license, and given that California has a higher than average population of undocumented immigrants driving the roads  and highways of California without driver's licenses and more importantly without insurance, the higher number of unlicensed and uninsured drivers has exponentially increased the cost of automobile insurance for the rest of the California car owners and has also resulted in more unsafe drivers and accidents on its roads and highways;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges the legislature and the Governor to consider allowing undocumented immigrants who have a clean record, a verifiable residence, who have lived in California for more than 10 years and who are over the age of 30, to obtain a driver's license, so these individual undocumented immigrants have to obtain automobile insurance which will bring down the cost for all California drivers and will improve the overall safety of the roads for all drivers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any information obtained by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for these driver's licenses will not be shared with ICE or any other such federal or state agency for the purposes of deporting any undocumented immigrant who seeks a driver's license; except when ordered by the courts as it relates to criminal prosecution only.

 

Supported by the Democratic Party of Orange County, Chicano-Latino Caucus, The Delores Huerta Democratic Club of Northern California, The Latino Democratic Club of LA County

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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