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The Associated Press recently ran an article by Don Thompson, titled, “California Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Signed Into Law By Gov.Jerry Brown”.

The new law will allow the California DMV to issue licenses to undocumented Immigrants eligible for work permits under the new Obama administration policy (deferred action program). According to the article, “the bill requires the department to accept as proof of legal residence whatever document the federal government provides to participants in its deferred action program”. (emphasis added).

According to an article written by Jim Sanders of the Sacramento Bee (written prior to the law being signed by Governor Brown), “this law would apply to an estimated 400,000 undocumented immigrants expected to meet the requirements of the President’s deferred action for childhood arrivals program”. Click here to see the Sacramento Bee article titled: “Driver’s license bill passes”

“Assemblyman Gil Cedillo proposed the legislation as part of a decade long campaign to give undocumented immigrants the right to apply for California driver’s licenses.”

The rationale for this law, again according to the Sacramento Bee, is that ” it would enhance public safety by ensuring that they are trained and tested before hitting the road”.

Opponents had tried to stop this law from taking effect in the past arguing, again from the Sacramento Bee article, that “providing new benefits to undocumented immigrants is a slap in the face to Californians and to people who entered the country legally”. Obviously the California legislature and California Governor Jerry Brown did not agree with these arguments.

If you would like to see if you qualify for deferred action and for your California driver’s license please contact our office.  Laws can and do change so please, before you apply for deferred action or your driver’s license, please talk to an experienced Immigration Attorney.  To see the qualifications you will need in order to qualify for the deferred action program, please visit our blog post titled: “Requirements for Deferred Action”.

Call the Elk Grove Immigration AttorneyLawrence Gruner for a free consultation.  He is an attorney with almost 20 years of experience. His office handles immigration cases throughout California (including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento) the United States and the World. <strong>You may reach us from anywhere in the world at 916-760-7270 or toll free at 888-801-6558</strong> . You may also email us your questions. Attorney Gruner would be happy to review your situation and all of your options. He can help you come up with a plan for your Immigration case. His office handles green card cases (both family based green cards and business based green cards K1 fiance visa cases, naturalization and citizenship cases, E1-E2 investor cases, H1b cases ( visit our blog: How to get an H1b visa)and marriage visa cases.

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