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The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 Wednesday to support a bill that seeks to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.
AB 60, or The Safe and Responsible Driver Act, was introduced by Luis Alejo, Assemblyman for District 30.
Councilman Jose Huizar, District 14, and outgoing Councilman Ed Reyes, District 1,, presented the resolution as a way to publicize the need for safer streets and allow undocumented people to drive to work and integrate into society.
“We have thousands of people who are driving their vehicles without a license and that affects us more here than in any other city,” said Huizar, adding it is time California joins other states in passing similar laws.
If passed, the bill would allow all residents, regardless of immigration status, to obtain a driver’s license. Those without social security numbers would use birth certificates or other forms of documentation as identification.
The bill was passed by the assembly last week and now moves to the senate before Gov. Jerry Brown makes a decision. Similar bills have been introduced by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, who pushed for undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.