Illegal Immigrants Will Get State IDs Now, New Law Says
(NewsReady.com) – Once upon a time, anyone who moved to the US, whether they were documented or undocumented, was able to obtain a driver’s license or identification card. That changed in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The federal government passed the Real ID Act in 2005, which required license and ID holders to be under immigration status. California has now passed a law to allow migrants to receive IDs.
On September 23, Governor Gavin Newsom (D) issued a statement announcing he’d signed AB 1766 into law. The new law allows anyone, no matter their immigration status, to receive a restricted identification card by July 1, 2027. The Democrat said his state is “expanding opportunity for everyone” because it is a “state of refuge […] where 27 percent of [them] are immigrants.”
Generations of immigrants have helped shape California’s culture and economic success. With this legislation, California continues to advance equity and expand opportunity for all.https://t.co/2k9Jdpjzgk
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) September 23, 2022
Prior to the signing of the law, California already had AB 60 in place. It allows anyone in the state who meets Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) requirements to receive a driver’s license regardless of immigration status. That was signed into law in 2013 by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
Recently, rumors have swirled about the possibility of Newsom running for president. He has criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, both Conservatives, for their fight against illegal immigration. However, he has denied his potential presidential bid.
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