Last week, we told you about a bill (called AB 2189) in our blog post that was moving through the California Assembly. Before the Labor Day holiday, the state Assembly passed the bill by a vote of 55-15. Now the bill heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, where it is believed he will sign it into law. This law will allow young immigrants who have deferred action status to receive driver’s licenses.
The passage of this bill will allow young immigrants more freedom to drive and get to and from work and school without the roadblock of transportation. This bill also comes near the start of a more elevated debate about immigration in the country. While some states continue to resist immigrant rights, California passed this law last week, helping immigrants contribute to the American society even more than many of them already have.
Immigration rights are very complex, and often politically heated. Many issues may be decided in the coming years, and it is important that people with undocumented immigration statuses get the help they need. Many immigrants are here, working, volunteering, and contributing to the culture, communities, and economy of our country.
Speaking with an experienced immigration attorney might be a wise decision for anyone with an undocumented immigration status. They can help people who might be facing deportation or other legal action. An attorney can work to keep people in the country, and help them file the proper requests for permanent status, allowing them to continue contributing to the country they love.
Source: Reuters, “California OKs driver’s licenses for some undocumented immigrants,” Mary Slosson, Aug. 31, 2012