More than 905,000 illegal immigrants have a California driver’s license at this point, and that number could rise to more than a million by January of 2018.
By the end of June 2017, more than 900,000 drivers have been registered under California Assembly Bill 60, which requires only proof of identity and residency, not immigration status, in order to receive a license to drive a car.
After passage in 2013 because of 15 years of lobbying by liberal pro-immigration groups, the bill was meant to “intended to bolster public safety and reduce penalties for undocumented immigrants who drive,” according to The Sacramento Bee.
AB 60 made California the tenth state in the United States to allow illegal immigrants to obtain a drivers license. The law’s passage initially elicited a flood of applications that were double the state’s expectations.
Though the floodgates have now been opened to allow “undocumented” immigrants to obtain government identification with no proof of legal status, the flow of applications for licenses has steadily lessened. However, at the current rate, the number of illegal immigrants with California state-issued licenses will top 1 million by the end of 2017.