Young Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Driver’s Licenses

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Getting a driver’s license is now something immigrants in California can do.

News from the immigration front today! Driving is a privilege, not a right, and young illegal immigrants in California will be able to earn that privilege. The state will soon begin to issue driver’s licenses to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the country as children. The bill has been approved by state legislators, and is headed to the governor’s desk right now to be signed into law.

The Obama Administration approved a federal deportation relief law where young illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria can apply for two years of deportation relief. This law grants work permits, and it’s up to the states to decide whether or not to issue driver’s licenses, to offer in-state tuition, and other services. California has decided to grant these services once the work permits are issued. The directive applies to immigrants 30 years old or younger who are students or high schools graduates. Applicants must have also been in the country for at least five years, must have been brought to the US before the age of 16, and have no criminal record. Even though California driving law bans driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, those who qualify for deportation relief will be considered “temporary legal residents” and could get a driver’s license.

However, those who can now get a driver’s license won’t automatically get one in the mail. They have to earn it by taking the driver’s test, just like everyone else. The best way to prepare and to ensure that you pass the test is with California DMV practice tests. These practice tests will make it easier to take the real thing. These practice tests will also be helpful to those who speak English as a second language, where the questions and answers can be extra tough. It’s important to note that the California driver’s test has 36 questions on it, and at least 30 of them must be answered correctly in order to pass the test. These practice tests mentioned only help with the written portion, not the on-road driving portion.

Illegal immigrants in California who want the privilege of driving are able to get that privilege once they have work permits. But, they do need to pass the driver’s test, and you only have three tries to pass the test. This makes California DMV practice tests so crucial, especially for a population that wouldn’t want to mess up this opportunity. It’s a great step forward in the rights of immigrants in the United States; we just need more states to participate to give more people in the country a chance at social mobility.

What else do you think our government should do to grant more rights to the immigrant population? Do you at least think this is a step in the right direction?

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