California issues driver licenses for illegal immigrants

Morning traffic fills the SR2 freeway on April 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaCalifornia began issuing driver’s licenses Friday to people who are in the country illegally, becoming the 10th state in the nation to do so. Thanks to a 2013 law approved by Governor Jerry Brown, anyone who can show they are California residents — such as through bills or rental agreements — can now apply for a license, regardless of immigration status. Opponents fear the law will encourage immigrants to come to the United States, and worry some might use false names to register for a license, thereby creating national security concerns. Advocates say it means more drivers will get car insurance and will make the roads safer.

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