Progress: nearly half of 2015 California drivers licenses went to illegals

posted at 3:21 pm on January 11, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Just a quick reminder of how well things are going out on the left coast these days. The Daily Caller has dug up the DMV numbers from California and found that in 2015 there were well over half a million new drivers licenses issued to people who are in the country illegally. In some circles this passes as progress.

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.

These licenses are commonly referred to as “AB 60 licenses” because of the number of the bill which put this program into effect. California, keeping with their tradition of being a “sanctuary state” for illegals, was careful to weave a number of protections into the law to ensure that none of the illegal aliens would be deported as a result of obtaining this privilege which was previously enjoyed only by law abiding, legal residents. Under the new statute, state and local law enforcement was forbidden to use the AB 60 license to make assumptions about immigration or citizenship status.

This was seen as a great deal for the illegals, but it still presented some possible pitfalls. The ACLU went out of their way to publish warnings so that certain people could make a wise decision as to whether or not they should apply for an AB 60.

According to recent announcements from President Obama, undocumented immigrants who meet any of the following criteria should be particularly concerned that ICE may be looking for them:

Convictions for a felony, gang-related activity, three or more misdemeanor offenses, or a “serious” misdemeanor (e.g. DUIs, domestic violence assaults, being sentenced 90 days in jail).

  • The new immigration enforcement priorities are available here.
  • Reentry without inspection after January 2014.
  • Reentry after previous deportation.
  • Outstanding order of removal or prior deportation order.

It is a personal decision whether or not you should apply for a driver’s license, based on your individual situation and needs. While having an AB 60 license can protect you from being arrested for not having a license (and possibly referred to ICE), if you are in one of the categories above, you should consult with a licensed and trusted attorney before you apply for a license.

That’s some pretty amazing stuff right there, folks. The ACLU is publishing legal advice for criminals letting them know the risks inherent in a government program so they can avoid being arrested for knowingly breaking the law. Here’s another warning from the same page:

Use caution
If you obtained a California Driver’s License in your own name in the past using false information (a social security number that was not issued to you, false documents, etc.) or bought a license when you weren’t eligible for one, the DMV is likely to know about this when you apply for an AB 60 license and you could be denied an AB 60 license or get in legal trouble if the DMV decides to involve law enforcement in the situation. Consult with a licensed and trusted attorney if this is a concern.

I don’t even know what to say. But it looks like more than 600,000 people here illegally figured it was worth the risk last year, and California was more than happy to help them out.

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And now the are voting….nice.

Oil Can on January 11, 2016 at 3:23 PM

Should make it easier to find them for deportation when the country decides to start enforcing it’s own laws again.

Flange on January 11, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Idiots continue to be baffled by Trump’s lead.

The Notorious G.O.P on January 11, 2016 at 3:26 PM

And this helps Legal residents how?

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Since they now have documentation, we can go back to just calling them illegal aliens.

And now the are voting….nice.

Oil Can on January 11, 2016 at 3:23 PM

Many of them were voting already, if they wanted to. Few California County registrars checked voting registration forms all that closely.

Should make it easier to find them for deportation when the country decides to start enforcing it’s own laws again.

Flange on January 11, 2016 at 3:26 PM

“But we can’t deport 10-15 million people” – say leftists and amnesty sycophants.

I do like how you think. I can hear the gnashing of the teeth now over a new federal government overreach – demanding access to California’s driver’s license database in order to facilitate the deportation of illegal aliens.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

I assume this is the real reason so many states will start to require passports rather than driver licenses for identification purposes.

Ukiah on January 11, 2016 at 3:33 PM

So this whole rewarding people that break the law thing in CA, will rapists be getting free condoms and duct tape?

Hank_Scorpio on January 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM

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.

And why do you need to provide those services to those who are not here legally, in the first place? Please tell me again?

GWB on January 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Listen, this whole country is going to go the way of California, if somebody doesn’t step up to the plate and propose REALLY REALLY DRAMATIC action on the illegals.

Is that person Trump, or Cruz??

We need to get most anchor babies out too, which a full deportation program will achieve, but: Ted Cruz Rejects Trump Plan for Mass Deportation.

Trump’s history on immigration:

2011:
Anchor babies
were NEVER the intent of the 14th Amendment
The root cause of all the welfare payments to illegal aliens is the so-called “anchor baby” phenomenon, which is when illegal immigrant mothers have a baby on American soil. The Fourteenth Amendment… was not intended to guarantee untrammeled immigration to the United States. Source: Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump, p.140-141 , Dec 5, 2011

Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission (2013)
Triple-layered fence & Predator drones on Mexican border (2011)
Control borders; even legal immigration should be difficult (2000)
“Enter by the law, or leave.” (2000)

1999:
Limit new immigration; focus on people already here
Trump was firm concerning restrictions in immigration. “I’m opposed to new people coming in,” Trump said. “We have to take care of the people who are here.” Source: nytimes.com/library/politics, Dec 10, 1999
~
Trump vs Cruz on immigration: 2011
See Trump on anchor babies (above) vs Cruz 2011: Ted Cruz 2011: The Constitution protects birthright citizenship for illegals and it’s a mistake for conservatives to spend time fighting it

Trump vs Cruz on immigration: 1999
Trump in 1999 said “I’m opposed to new people coming in” while Cruz in 1999 was singing the praises of unhindered immigration and (implied) amnesty in his advice given to GW: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/ted-cruz-immigration-memo-216951

anotherJoe on January 11, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Well, they really can’t call them “undocumented” anymore–if they’re going to give them documentation….right?

Axeman on January 11, 2016 at 3:37 PM

I assume this is the real reason so many states will start to require passports rather than driver licenses for identification purposes.

Ukiah on January 11, 2016 at 3:33 PM

I assume the feral gov’t will soon begin issuing passports to anyone who sends in $32.50 and 10 box tops.

So this whole rewarding people that break the law thing in CA, will rapists be getting free condoms and duct tape?

Hank_Scorpio on January 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM

No, but their victims will get free birth control so they don’t have to partake of the free abortions (0bamacare!).

GWB on January 11, 2016 at 3:45 PM

And this helps Legal residents how?

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

It means they can get auto insurance.

danielreyes on January 11, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Definition of the Rule of Law
That individuals, persons and government shall submit to, obey and be regulated by law, and not arbitrary action by an individual or a group of individuals.

To a significant degree, we have deviated from the rule of law.
Personally, I think that we are dangerously close to, if not already at, the point where the government has delegitimized itself.

justltl on January 11, 2016 at 3:47 PM

So is CA on TSA’s list for not having real ID’s?

HumpBot Salvation on January 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM

That’s some pretty amazing stuff right there, folks. The ACLU is publishing legal advice for criminals…

Jazz

No Shinola

I don’t even know what to say.

Jazz

Me either

The program is expected to cost the state $141 million over a period of three years.

Is that before, or with knowledge of, the increased numbers?

cozmo on January 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM

It means they can get auto insurance.

danielreyes on January 11, 2016 at 3:45 PM

They could already.

cozmo on January 11, 2016 at 3:52 PM

So this whole rewarding people that break the law thing in CA, will rapists be getting free condoms and duct tape?

Hank_Scorpio on January 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM

If you or I published advice to criminals on how to avoid apprehension, ala the ACLU, we’d be arrested for aiding and abetting fugitives and perhaps as accessory after the fact.

The ACLU is assisting criminal foreign nationals invited in by Mr. Obama, Mr. Brown and their cronies and sycophants.

It’s all to provide warm 3rd-grade-educated bodies for political support and votes for vastly more oppressive government and cheap labor to gut the American middle/working class.

Welcome to the Fundamentally Transformed Geopolitical Region formerly known as America.

DrDeano on January 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM

So, cut off transportation funds to any state that gives licenses to illegal aliens. After all, isn’t that what was done to “encourage” states to lower their speed limit to 65 back in the good ‘ol days?

PackerBronco on January 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM

and you could be denied an AB 60 license or get in legal trouble if the DMV decides to involve law enforcement

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..ahem…..HAHAHAHAHAHAHA……no, seriously…….HAHAHAHAHAHA.

antipc on January 11, 2016 at 3:55 PM

I don’t even know what to say. But it looks like more than 600,000 people here illegally figured it was worth the risk last year, and California was more than happy to help them out.

From the quote above Jazz’s observation…

Use caution
If you obtained a California Driver’s License in your own name in the past using false information (a social security number that was not issued to you, false documents, etc.) or bought a license when you weren’t eligible for one, the DMV is likely to know about this when you apply for an AB 60 license and you could be denied an AB 60 license or get in legal trouble if the DMV decides to involve law enforcement in the situation. Consult with a licensed and trusted attorney if this is a concern.

What is ‘prosecutorial discretion’?

California’s DMV, or any of the elected state leaders, whom are all liberal Democrats, have zero interest in involving law enforcement.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 3:56 PM

After all, isn’t that what was done to “encourage” states to lower their speed limit to 65 back in the good ‘ol days?

PackerBronco on January 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM

55 youngster.

cozmo on January 11, 2016 at 3:57 PM

The program is expected to cost the state $141 million over a period of three years.

Is that before, or with knowledge of, the increased numbers?

cozmo on January 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM

They knew very well how many illegals would apply for a driver’s license – so they also knew very well what the costs would be. IIRC, there were public service commercials warning of long lines at DMV offices and there were extended hours to cover the ‘rush’. It’s just a means to a desired end.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Idiots continue to be baffled by Trump’s lead.

The Notorious G.O.P on January 11, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Tell me the last time trump used the words; “I will deport them all” or “I will deport all Illegal Aliens”.

Now, when was the last 50 times he has said something about making the current illegal aliens legal residents?

What does this say about the people who question Trump’s lead compared to those who support Trump based upon illegal aliens as their number one concern?

I would say that it is idiots who support Trump as their first candidate and smart people who only support him as second or not at all.

Constitutionalist on January 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM

The better we make it for illegal aliens, the more will come here.

By 2040 we may well be dialing 2 for English.

bw222 on January 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Don’t let mexifornia happen to your state.

The Mexicans will rob you blind and make your children dumber.

They don’t know how to read in their own language so they get all their info from Telemundo.

Pitifully stupid people.

SpongePuppy on January 11, 2016 at 4:03 PM

I do like how you think. I can hear the gnashing of the teeth now over a new federal government overreach – demanding access to California’s driver’s license database in order to facilitate the deportation of illegal aliens.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Expect for that server (and the one holding DACA recipients) to meet Hillary’s the day after Trump wins

Rogue on January 11, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Muslim is to camel as Mexican is to donkey.

Either way their primitive culture will destroy your country.

SpongePuppy on January 11, 2016 at 4:04 PM

SpongePuppy on January 11, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Glad I escaped Mexifornia…but makes me sad to see what it
turned into.

bazil9 on January 11, 2016 at 4:05 PM

If you or I published advice to criminals on how to avoid apprehension, ala the ACLU, we’d be arrested for aiding and abetting fugitives and perhaps as accessory after the fact.

DrDeano on January 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Unless you or I were a wealthy, famous leftist like Sean Penn.

GrumpyOldFart on January 11, 2016 at 4:07 PM

…you should consult with a licensed and trusted attorney before you apply for a license.

And again

Consult with a licensed and trusted attorney if this is a concern.

Hmmmm….drumming up more business for the ACLU?

Like Ambulance chasers do?

lineholder on January 11, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Breakdown of the rule of law will lead to social chaos and create the perfect environment for a dictatorship, since people will desire a quick re-establishment of social order.
On our current course, this will happen.
Hopefully the dictator will, in short order, re-establish the rule of law based upon our constitution and accordingly resign.
We all know, however, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

We are heading for dark days.

justltl on January 11, 2016 at 4:10 PM

This is mind boggling to the point that I truly don’t understand. Is the article saying that these illegals were known to be illegals at the time they applied for a drivers license? That should be instant deportation if someone is stupid enough to walk into the dmv and identify themselves as a criminal, shouldn’t it. What am I missing?

Ellis on January 11, 2016 at 4:20 PM

I live in Silicon Valley and here’s what I see:

Immigrant Hispanics do NOT care about:

* The environment (and laws protecting it)
* The immigration laws (They bring their entire extended family up here to get as much USA largess as possible)
* Personal Responsibility. (e.g. education, Car Insurance, Health Insurance, birth control)
* Natural born citizens of any other race (esp. Caucasian)

They want it all, want it now, and want it for free. And if you could be so kind as to transform the US into some combo of Mexico/Latin America that would be awesome.

They are thus willing to vote for anyone willing to give them what they want in any measure ie. Democrats.

Neo on January 11, 2016 at 4:21 PM

So this whole rewarding people that break the law thing in CA, will rapists be getting free condoms and duct tape?

Hank_Scorpio on January 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM

We are being importing rapists instead.

Rix on January 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Not completely true. You have to have some sort of application pending with USCIS to get a CADL. CA DMV won’t give a DL unless you are somewhere in the immigration system.

73runner400 on January 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM

We all know, however, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

We are heading for dark days.

justltl on January 11, 2016 at 4:10 PM

According to the devoted leftists, the actual quote is – Power corrupts and absolute power is pretty cool.

What we are seeing is a deliberate and concerted effort to invoke the Cloward Piven strategy across the entire system. It’s like that quote that Peter Arnett fabricated to denigrate the US military during Vietnam – ‘we have to destroy it in order to save it’. Fits right in with ‘never let a crisis go to waste’…and the corollary, ‘if there isn’t a convenient crisis, create one’.

For the left, dark days are an opportunity, not a warning.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 4:26 PM

And this helps Legal residents how?

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

It means they can get auto insurance.

danielreyes on January 11, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Riiiiight. They tried the same thing in Connecticut when I lived there 4 years ago. Give them ID’s and they will come out of the shadows and get drivers licenses and buy car insurance and drive legally. That never happened.

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2016 at 4:27 PM

What am I missing?

Ellis on January 11, 2016 at 4:20 PM

For all practical purposes, California is a sanctuary state dominated by hard left progressives who believe the ends justifies the means.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Tell me the last time trump used the words; “I will deport them all” or “I will deport all Illegal Aliens”.

Now, when was the last 50 times he has said something about making the current illegal aliens legal residents?

Constitutionalist on January 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Tell me the last time ANY candidate other than Trump said “I will deport them all”. Do I hear crickets? Advantage: Trump.

Rix on January 11, 2016 at 4:29 PM

And when Trump gets done, it will 75% since he wants to make them all legal, expedite and make them legal…

Tell me the last time ANY candidate other than Trump said “I will deport them all”. Do I hear crickets? Advantage: Trump.

Rix on January 11, 2016 at 4:29 PM

So to you, all they have to do is say something once and it sticks?

Well, he was a democrat for most of his life, he supported Hillary, Reid, Pelosi, etc…so that sticks like his “deport them all” line?

Get it? You have to do more than mouth a few words…at least most voters want to see commitment, not pandering…obviously you will accept anything he says, at anytime, or at least you filter it.

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Since we know how many licenses were issued to “undocumented” people, they should get that list, along with the voting records, to ensure they didn’t vote illegally. This would be a better strategy for the GOP to pursue.

djaymick on January 11, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Aye carumba

cmsinaz on January 11, 2016 at 4:53 PM

Calif state govt officials= coyotes

Jerry Brown= El Crapo

Senator Philip Bluster on January 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

Not only are they giving illegal aliens drivers licenses, they have their own special DMV. We have two DMV’s in our town. One for illegals, and another for legal residents. The one for illegals in newer, bigger and easier to get in and out of.

Neitherleftorright on January 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM

When I moved out here to Texas from California, I was informed that a California Drivers License was not considered a primary form of identification. It took a CDL, my SS card and a copy of my birth certificate to get a Texas Driver’s License.

Yet another reason I’m proud to be out here now.

trigon on January 11, 2016 at 5:32 PM

And of course they are voting illegally. Sue the state. Have Cali’s electoral college votes in this election nullified by allowing millions of illegal aliens to vote. Then arrest the mayor of San Francisco for declaring his a sanctuary city. That will take care of this illegality promptly. Time for the United States to declare war on the “state” of California.

phadras on January 11, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Operation Fox in Henhouse nearly complete.

CWforFreedom on January 11, 2016 at 8:18 PM

“Stupid is as stupid does.”

– Forrest Gump

TimBuk3 on January 11, 2016 at 10:29 PM

How many people would like to see the list of these new California Driver’s Licenses for ILLEGAL aliens sorted by ZIP CODE?

Let’s find out which California city/town has the most ILLEGAL aliens. This info will be useful when President Trump begins his round-up.

wren on January 11, 2016 at 11:16 PM

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.

Do the math. It’s going to cost far more than this.
How come the state has money to pay for DLs for undocumented illegal non-citizens*, but none for alleviating drought in the RED parts of the state?

*

Not completely true. You have to have some sort of application pending with USCIS to get a CADL. CA DMV won’t give a DL unless you are somewhere in the immigration system.

73runner400 on January 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Illegals are somewhere in the system, thanks to Obama’s EOs, just not in there legally.

Riiiiight. They tried the same thing in Connecticut when I lived there 4 years ago. Give them ID’s and they will come out of the shadows and get drivers licenses and buy car insurance and drive legally. That never happened.

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2016 at 4:27 PM

AesopFan on January 12, 2016 at 12:24 AM

That’s some pretty amazing stuff right there, folks. The ACLU is publishing legal advice for criminals letting them know the risks inherent in a government program so they can avoid being arrested for knowingly breaking the law.

So, cut off transportation funds to any state that gives licenses to illegal aliens. After all, isn’t that what was done to “encourage” states to lower their speed limit to 65 55 back in the good ‘ol days?

PackerBronco on January 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM

That’s part of the idea of getting a Republican President who will actually sign bills like this.

If you or I published advice to criminals on how to avoid apprehension, ala the ACLU, we’d be arrested for aiding and abetting fugitives and perhaps as accessory after the fact.

DrDeano on January 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Unless you or I were a wealthy, famous leftist like …. {choose any}.

GrumpyOldFart on January 11, 2016 at 4:07 PM

FIFY

We all know, however, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

We are heading for dark days.

justltl on January 11, 2016 at 4:10 PM

According to the devoted leftists, the actual quote is – Power corrupts and absolute power is pretty cool….
For the left, dark days are an opportunity, not a warning.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 4:26 PM

AesopFan on January 12, 2016 at 12:28 AM

Progress: nearly half of 2015 California drivers licenses went to illegals

They’re probably registered to vote now too.

MsYoung on January 12, 2016 at 7:43 AM

Why not go one step further and just give California to the illegals.

rplat on January 12, 2016 at 5:04 PM