Almost half of California driver’s licenses went to illegal immigrants in 2015

DC NEWSBy Jonah Bennett

Almost 50 percent of all California driver’s licenses issued in 2015 went to illegal immigrants, according to recent state reports, wrapping up the first year of a state-wide program designed to provide Department of Motor Vehicle services to those without citizenship.

In total, California issued 605,000 driver’s licenses to illegals a year after the program started Jan 2, 2015, which is far more than the anticipated number, the Orange County Register reports. The program is expected to cost the state $141 million over a period of three years.

There have been 830,000 applications from illegals, based on numbers from Dec. 31, 2015.

The program, one of the biggest in the DMV’s history, was created by Assembly Bill 60 in 2013 and courted massive opposition at the time from groups angry at the suggestion illegals should have the same rights as citizens.

Part of the push for the bill came from those who argued that the roads would be safer with more licensed drivers. There is not enough data yet available to assess whether or not that is true. Unlike normal driver’s licenses, these special illegal immigrant licenses cannot be used as federal identification.

“DMV committed to successfully implementing this new law to increase safety on California’s roads by putting licensed drivers behind the steering wheel,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “One year after AB 60 implementation there are 605,000 more drivers on the road who have passed all testing requirements and demonstrated their knowledge of California’s rules of the road.”

Estimates place the number of illegals in California at 2.4 million, meaning that the driver’s license program captured an incredibly large portion of that population.

The DMV went out of its way to hire 1,000 new employees to handle the surge in applications. The agency also opened four new centers and made office hours more flexible.

Still, despite the agency’s best efforts, processing centers ground to a halt at the flood of illegals looking for driver’s licenses.

Ann Coil, Santa Ana Tea Party Patriots coordinator told the Orange County Register that “There is concern in this country, and it’s reflected in this election, that there’s more compassion for people who are not citizens than those who are.”

Longer wait times particularly impacted the senior population, as those over 70 must appear in person to renew their licenses. These seniors have had to wait in lines for hours and hours.

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12 thoughts on “Almost half of California driver’s licenses went to illegal immigrants in 2015

  1. Pam says:

    Having a license does NOT automatically make a person a safer driver. What they should do when these ILLEGAL ALIENS show up to get a license is lead them out the back door and into vans, then drive their butts back across the border and dump them!

    1. SusieQ says:

      But it does help them vote I’ll bet.

      1. Pam says:

        You got that right, Suz! Here in Illinois, we have “motor-voter” and we just KNOW that NONE of these ILLEGALS they hand out licenses to are also registering to vote at the same time (wink, wink).

        1. SusieQ says:

          Oh that’s right. They contradict themselves in that they don’t want ID’s for voting but at he same time they are standing on their heads to get illegals a license.

          Strange behavior we have all come to know and not understand.

          1. Pam says:

            Totally!

  2. tsigili says:

    Of course they did. Trouble is………..they should only have been granted International licenses, as non-citizens, and NOT state licenses. The entire state of CA is one of the most corrupt states in the union. They have turned their need for cheap agricultural labor, into a complete mass invasion of our country.

  3. Pam says:

    Another point is, how did they pass the “written test”? They had to have had someone reading it to them. At my old job, we printed food menus for hospitals. The biggest gripe we got from the dietary staff was, “We have to get the menus printed in Spanish, also. That is a HUGE waste of our budget because 85% – 95% of our “hispanic” patients are totally illiterate IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE so a staff or family member STILL HAS TO READ IT TO THEM!

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  4. Mary Brown says:

    Gee you now have 605,000 addresses to turn over to INS for deportation!

    1. tedlv says:

      No, unfortunately, you now have 605,000 registered voters.

  5. Dawn Royle says:

    why is it. there are so many that have basically HAD ENOUGH yet nothing is done

  6. tedlv says:

    “In total, California issued 605,000 driver’s licenses to illegals…” Correction “voter IDs”.

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