On Friday, Democrat Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, signed a new bill into law that will allow illegal immigrants to obtain a California ID.
The bill, AB 1766, mandates that, by no later than July 1, 2027, the DMV must issue a restricted ID card to an eligible applicant who is unable to prove that their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law as long as they provide proof of their identity and California residency.
AB 1766 would also bar any government agency or department, law enforcement agency, business company, or another person from obtaining, accessing, utilizing, or disclosing, noncriminal background information stored by the department for the purpose of immigration enforcement.
Gov. Newsom said in a statement: “California is expanding opportunity for everyone, regardless of immigration status. … We’re a state of refuge – a majority-minority state, where 27 percent of us are immigrants. That’s why I’m proud to announce the signing of today’s bills to further support our immigrant community, which makes our state stronger every single day.”
The DMV has become a flashpoint for controversy due to “Motor Voter” laws that also allow automatic voter registration when driver’s licenses are obtained. The department has, in the past, registered thousands of voters improperly.
In addition, AB 1766 specifies that health and safety concerns are no longer exceptions that would allow state authorities to provide “noncriminal” information to federal immigration authorities. That means criminals who are illegally in the country might not be reported; it also means that despite California’s aggressive lockdown policies in the coronavirus pandemic, the state may not be allowed to provide information about illegal aliens to the federal government in future public health crises.
Some of the new legislation bills aimed at helping illegal aliens in California, aside from AB 1766, are AB 1232, AB 2068, and AB 2193.
Almost 3 million people in California are living in the shadows without proper documentation in 2019, according to the census from the Migration Policy Institute. It is even worst right now as a result of Biden’s open border policy.
Currently, illegal immigrants are allowed to obtain an AB60 driver’s license in California.