Debate Chugs Along Over Whether Granting Immigrants Driver’s Licenses Will Make Roads Safer

CBS Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A debate over granting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses continues to chug along after the California Legislature passed a bill on it Thursday night.

An estimated 1.5 million Californians are living in the state illegally and driving even though they don’t have a license or insurance, which prompted the state Senate and Assembly to vote in favor of AB60, authored by Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Watsonville.

“I have to drive, too, and I feel terrible because I don’t have a driver’s license, but what can I do?” Araceli Sanchez told KCAL9’s Dave Bryan.

Supporters claim licensing illegal drivers will make the state’s roads, streets and freeways safer.

“This is clearly about public safety,” said Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach.

“It’s an issue of them having a license because they’ve demonstrated that they know the rules and they have the skills to…

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