California Law Allowed 800K Undocumented Immigrants To Get Driver’s Licenses

California Law Allowed 800K Undocumented Immigrants To Get Driver’s Licenses

Editor: Johnathan Meyers| Tactical Investor

Undocumented Immigrants To Get Driver’s Licenses


A lawmaker is attempting to change what some call a “legal loophole” that allows immigration officials to access personal details entered in a state driver’s license program for undocumented residents.

California’s AB-60 driver license program was labelled as a solution to the state’s uninsured motorist problem. Under the law, undocumented drivers have the ability to drive legally and acquire insurance coverage.

But NBC 7 Investigates found some of those AB-60 drivers said sharing their home address with the CA Department of Motor Vehicles led immigration agents to their front door.

“They asked me, is this you?” said one driver from Escondido. The driver said when ICE agents arrested him near his home, they had a copy of his AB-60 license in-hand.
“I was angry,” California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-80) told NBC 7. “We told people in our community, ‘Please go get an AB60 license.”

After NBC 7 and media partner Voice of San Diego raised questions about ICE agents having access to certain DMV license records, Gonzalez began her own inquiry.

This led to the DMV responding to Gonzalez and confirming that agencies, like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), have access to certain DMV records shared with third-party law enforcement programs. Full Story

Undocumented Immigrants To Get Driver’s Licenses  In New York

Each weekday morning, 19-year-old Eri Torres of Morristown, New Jersey, catches the 6:45 a.m. public bus to the County College of Morris. Class begins promptly at 8 a.m. but her shuttle bus only operates every hour-and-a-half, so running late is not an option. If it doesn’t stop at all, she’s out of luck.

Torres has no option but the bus. She cannot drive herself to school because obtaining a driver’s license is not possible as an undocumented immigrant in New Jersey. Nor will her parents drive her. She rarely gets into a car with them. Originally from Quimbaya, Colombia, the teenager and her parents have lived in the shadows since they arrived three years ago and overstayed their visas.

Their status means they cannot risk doing anything like driving without a license that might bring them to the attention of immigration authorities. Without a valid driver’s license, many drivers do not obtain insurance. Without insurance, they are breaking New Jersey law. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is known to target undocumented immigrants who have broken the law – even if the offenses are minor traffic violations and put them in deportation proceedings. In some reported cases police departments have worked with ICE to turn in offenders.

According to ICE data, the agency made nearly 159,000 arrests in the fiscal year 2018, a 44 per cent increase from fiscal year 2016. Full Story 

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