Surge of Illegals Aliens Applying For Driver’s Licenses

by Merced Sun Star  |  published on April 5, 2015

Illegal-Immigration-620x435A surge of undocumented immigrants seeking driver’s licenses has surprised the California Department of Motor Vehicles, pouring in at twice the rate officials expected and underscoring massive interest in the new program.

Just three months after driver’s licenses became available to immigrants living in California illegally, the product of legislation advocates had pursued fruitlessly for years before prevailing and passing Assembly Bill 60 in 2013, 493,998 have sought licenses. The number has surprised officials who spent months bracing for an influx of new customers by hiring staff, opening new DMV offices and extending hours.

“The interest in this program is far greater than anyone anticipated,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said in a statement.

In preparing to offer the new licenses, the DMV estimated that about 1.4 million immigrants would apply over the course of three years. The new figures show they have handled one-third of that expected total in three months, a rate double what the DMV expected, although the official estimate of the total number of eligible applicants remains the same. About 203,000 people have received licenses .

  • John

    I am trying to think this issue through. So to drive our large, friendly nation would require transportation. Do the border guards allow illegals to bring vehicles across the border. If not are they wealthy enough to lease or purchase? Or do they have credit cards with enough of a debt limit. It must be a bonanza for insurance companies because in some states it is illegal to drive without car insurance which again they must have payment for. Many of them do not speak English but they apparently can read it so as to drive safely. Maybe the licensing bureau issues car seats for the little ones, or maybe our government dispenses them a moratorium of say ten years to become familiar with current law until it becomes obsolete or no longer necessary. The longer I think about these issues the more resolutions I see.

    • Robert Wilson

      John; You have just opened a can of worms. Have you ever driven in Mexico? They pay no attention to traffic right of way, nor traffic lights,nor speed limits. The few who have a Mexican drivers license have no insurance (We face this problem with LEGALS in Texas.) Most of these illegals are from the slums and bring with them their habits, diseases, and criminal intent.

  • elda

    The only reason they are surprised by the number of illegals applying for licenses is because they are in total denial about how many illegals are living here. Many have no desire to become legal but would like to be able to drive without fear of having their cars and trucks taken from them. Give them a license and it is better than citizenship. They are free to go to work but not shackled by our laws.

    • Robert Wilson

      elda; The one factor you have left is What shape the vehicle might be in that illegals purchase, and what happens to it once in their care. In Mexico they take say, a Ford, and remove the catalytic converter, replace certain electronic parts, then “viola”, a better gas mileage auto that pollutes,(Look at Mexico City). When their “habits” are established, you can bet new slums will pop up in our cities.

  • joan

    The illegals will get more freebies than I get with a cost attached. What’s wrong with this picture?

  • Gerry

    Anything else stupid you people in Calif–up want to do? Who are you going to blame when you start having a rediculous amount of traffic accidents — BUSH ?? californians must have their brains in their azzes and are too busy sitting on them to use them. When oh when are you going to drift off into the Pacific never to return.

    • elda

      I would appreciate it if you would not speak as if we common citizens are going along with the left wing idiots in Sacramento. They are elected by the people in the bay area and Follywood. The rest of us have no voice but plenty of anger.

      • Danny

        Great point. Perhaps it is time for the less than stupid people of California to secede from those that think illegal aliens (translation: foreign invaders) is all right to invite into our country/state.These invaders ought to be rounded up and sent back to whatever country they came from

  • David in MA

    Of course, look at all the free, unworked for benefits it will provide to the illegals (too many to list) AND, because of this, America is about to experience , first hand, what a socialist society is and why they fail. It is not a pretty picture, not a healthy picture and not a profitable picture, thanks Obama.

    • Dee

      I received a letter from Capitol Watch and it is in the works for all these illegals to get our social security. We don’t owe those illegal immigrants a damn thing. Just wish this so-called president would tell the president of mexico where to go, but he won’t as he doesn’t even like America and is trying to bankrupt us. Social Security was put into the general fund years ago so they could get their greedy mitts on it for their pet projects. It is not for them to use as they see fit. It is for the American people who retire at the age of 65 to have some money coming in.

      • elda

        You are failing to see that we America loving citizens and the hard left are 180 degrees different. Wishing for Obama to stand up for American principals and values is like expecting Hillary Clinton to come forward with all her emails. This is simply never going to happen. It is not in their plans. We need to get conservative politicians that are not bought and paid for by lobbyists and are still representing Americans that elected them to stand up to them. We have some but not enough to get the job done sadly.

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