LAPD Chief Charlie Beck: Give Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

CBS Los Angeles, February 22, 2012

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says the state of California should issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

The licenses don’t have to be identical to those issued to citizens and can be a provisional license or a nonresident license, Beck told a group of Los Angeles Times’ reporters and editorial writers.

“The reality is that all the things that we’ve done—‘we’ being the state of California—over the last 14, 16 years have not reduced the problem on iota, haven’t reduced undocumented aliens driving without licenses. So we have to look at what we’re doing,” Beck told the group. {snip}

Beck believes issuing licenses to illegal immigrants would improve safety on California roads and would, for example, reduce the number of hit-and-run accidents because illegal immigrant drivers would not have fear being caught without a license at accidents, according to the Times.

Beck has in recent months pushed to make a controversial change to the LAPD’s vehicle impound rules for unlicensed drivers. The policy now calls for the car of an unlicensed driver to be impounded, but Beck wants unlicensed drivers with a clean record to be able to call another driver with a license, who would then be allowed to drive the car away.

The impound policy as it currently stands and the resulting fees and fines are an unfair burden on illegal immigrants, Beck has said.



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  • Mexicaliforeigna: The Land of Beans, Fruits and Nuts.

    The police chief is just giving up. He’ll be replaced by a wise latina in 5 year’s time.

    What was that saying? “As California goes, so goes the nation.”

  • This will solve that voter ID problem for the democrates

  • “The reality is that all the things that we’ve done—‘we’ being the state of California—over the last 14, 16 years have not reduced the problem on iota, haven’t reduced undocumented aliens driving without licenses. So we have to look at what we’re doing,” Beck told the group.

    That’s because the things you have been doing over the past 20 years were not deterrents, but rather incentives for illegal invaders to colonize. A brief list:

    Special Order 40

    In-state tuition for illegal invaders

    Declaring LA a sanctuary city

    No longer impounding the cars of illegal invaders when pulled over while driving

    Disbanding 287(g)

    Electing a La Raza disciple as Mayor – Chief Beck was hand picked by Villaraigosa because Beck would kowtow the La Raza sanctuary policy in LA.

    Gee…no wonder we have not” reduced the problem” over the last 20 years! Perhaps it is because the powers that be have done everything possible to keep invading hispanics here!

  • crystal evans

    From what I have seen on this, the licenses given to illegals will look differently than those given to US citizens and legal residents. I think that the id should state that this is for driving only and not valid for ID purposes in large letters in bright red. These people are going to drive anyway and this way they would be able to purchase automobile insurance to pay for damages they cause.

    • I think illegals should be handed over to the feds  for deportation when caught driving without a drivers license. States should not be making it easier for illegal invaders to colonize their respective states, including giving them a drivers license, so they can drive to jobs they have usurped from Americans.

       Illegal invaders can purchase insurance now if they choose to do so, as there is no provision  in the law that mandates one have a drivers license to purchase insurance. Besides, Illegals invaders are not going to carry insurance, as these criminals come from a lawless, corrupt society. They will find away to beat the system, as this is how business is conducted in Mexico. Perhaps they will initially purchase a policy to get the id card and then stop making payments.

      People are going to drink and drive, speed , and commit any number of driving infractions “anyway”, but I do not see our leaders falling all over themselves to make it easier for people to break those laws,  as they are trying to get illegal invaders behind the wheel of automobiles.

    • ageofknowledge

      I’ve watched illegal hit and runs now for decades in California. The first time I saw one do it was in San Diego back in my military years. I was on the way to do some laundry offbase, going through National City, and saw a sailor step off the curb into a crosswalk on a green light to walk across the street and a Mexican illegal ran that red light and ran over the sailor leaving the sailor in the middle of the street with his leg literally wrapped around his head at a most unnatural angle. He actually did a burn out afterwards fleeing the scene.

      Next time was in Van Nuys, Mexican illegal ran over a lady crossing the street leaving her unconscious in the middle of the road like roadkill.

      Oh yeah, let’s give them ALL driver’s licenses. What a colossally stupid idea.


    Why shoul any-one  even bother to apply for a licence?licences shoul be scrapped completely,for giving a legal document to some=one who is guilty of violating the law by even setting foot in your country,diminishes all of your laws.

  • Christopher_Nelson

    “The reality is that all the things that we’ve done—‘we’ being the state of California—over the last 14, 16 years have not reduced the problem on iota, haven’t reduced undocumented aliens driving without licenses. So we have to look at what we’re doing,”

    What has california done to reduce illegal immigration? They haven’t done squat.  Who is he kidding?

    So now they want to reward illegals with a license. Sure, why not? They already reward them in numerous other ways. Why not add this? 

    “The impound policy as it currently stands and the resulting fees and fines are an unfair burden on illegal immigrants, Beck has said.”

    Oh sure. These illegals have it rough.  Then again, as it currently stands, the illegal immigration policy of the country is an unfair burden to American citizens.

    I wonder if these illegals with these wonderful new licenses will be required to have insurance? And how will that work?

  • JackKrak

    Perhaps the LAPD Chief should give us a list of other laws we should do away with because too many people ignore them.

  • Just how does more untrained, uninsured, illegal driver make the highways safer?
    More liberal logic.

    • Anan7

      This actually sounds like a clever scheme.  Think about it, you have illegal aliens willingly submitting themselves to people who will deport them.

      They could probably catch and deport several thousand with this before they caught on.

      Anyway it could really clean up California this way.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Beck is a political hack, not an officer of the law.  He has NO right to make up or discard laws as he sees fit!

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says the state of California should issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
    AND, it’s not just Beck who favors giving illegals driver’s licenses:  LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and (don’t die of shock) LA Mayor Tony Villar ALL have come out for this STUPID policy.
    Beck has stated that impounds and associated fees represent a burden to people who are “a valuable asset to our community and who have very limited resources.”As for Native Born Americans?   A 2008 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that unlicensed drivers (mostly illegals from Mexico and Central America) were involved in one in five fatal crashes.
    Any car driven by an illegal should be IMMEDIATELY impounded, crushed into a small metal cube and the proceeds sold and donated to victims of illegal driving.A big part of the problem (besides just their presence alone in the U.S.) is that most illegals have NEVER driven cars before they illegally break into the U.S.  It’s not as if they’ve come up from Mexico with Mexican driver’s licenses!  The first time they’re behind the wheel of a car is when they get to the U. S.
    I don’t know what makes Beck, et. al, believe that dirt poor Mexicans are now going to suddently find their way to the DMV and apply to take driver’s training (look for that to be offered for “free”), a driving test and a written test.  
    Illegals already just by being here have shown they have NO respect for American laws — seems neither do Beck, Villar, Trutanich and Baca.  I’d like to see ALL of them deported to the furthest part of Mexico — without papers.

  • Illegal invaders and their lackeys argue that it’s “racist” to enforce our immigration laws because a majority of those impacted by those laws are hispanic. I then contend that modifying existing law to extend drivers licenses to illegal invaders is also “racist”, since the majority of those who will benefit from this new law are also hispanic.

    If the invaders want to play the race card then we must be consistent!

  • Easy riddle to solve.  Beck’s boss is Antonio Villaraigosa, amnesty and open borders all the way.

  • WhitesRdumb

    Why does Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beckstill have a job? He should be removed for that statement.

    • Christopher_Nelson

      He has a job BECAUSE of such statements. 

  • fatfenders

    What once was considered outrageous is now the norm. Why don’t don’t we
    just get on with it and suspend the rule of law for all Hispanics in California.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The former and recently deceased LAPD Chief, Daryl Gates, is probably spinning in his grave! 
    He should be, but not for the reason you think.  Gates is responsible for LAs Special Order 40:‘Special Order 40’ is not a law, but a police mandate that originated in 1979 by former Police Chief Gates and the L.A. City Council to prevent police from inquiring about the immigration status of arrestees. 


    • bluffcreek1967

      Hmmm, good point. I vaguely remember something about ‘Special Order 40.’ I tend to think that it was more or less a concession on Chief Gates’ part out of pressure from the Mayor and L.A. City Council in light of the growing population of illegal aliens.  He had to chose his battles wisely, and he may not have forseen how out-of-hand the problems of illegal immigration would be. Still, even under ‘Special Order 40,’ I find it hard to imagine he would called for driver’s licenses to be issued to people who are here illegally. Many things within LAPD changed after Chief Gates retired, and the statement from Chief Beck in the article is a reflection of how soft and politically-correct this police department has become.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Yes, you are correct.  Chief Gates was  a good man who was railroaded after the Rodney King riots.  He was on the radio here in SoCal for a number of years after his demise at the LAPD. 

        After that we had losers like Willie Williams and the horrible Bernard Parks (both black, both promoted far beyond their abilities, especially Williams).

        The LAPD chief is a political appointee, a lapdog of the idiot mayor, chosen to do the mayor’s bidding.

        Also, thanks for the excellent comment at the end about how Mexicans are now brazen and challenging as opposed to docile — I see this EVERYWHERE, even in the schools. 

        And why not?  The media, schools and their own advocacy groups tell them this IS their land and that WE are the interlopers, not them — many have vowed to “retake” their land.   They will.  And they will turn it into a hell hole like they’ve already done to parts of So Cal.

        They also don’t realize that Whitey has been the best friend they ever had — no one else will be willing to support them and their children by filling up their EBT cards.


  • bluffcreek1967

    A cop from L.A. recently told me that when a carload of Mexican illegal aliens in the old days was stopped, they were docile, shy and embarrassed for being here illegally. Now, they are brazen and confrontational when their cars are towed for 30 days because they don’t have driver’s licenses. Their entire mentality is one of ‘We have a right to be here’ and ‘It’s no big deal,’ etc. They are arrogant, fearless of the authorities and entitled.

    In addition to providing driver’s licenses to illegals, a host of law enforcement officials and politicians are now doing their best to overturn or soften California’s 30-day impound because of the mounting complaints of Mexicans (both legal and illegal) and liberal Whites. The usual argument is that it will cost too much to get their cars out of the impound lot after 30 days and, of course, ‘It’s not fair!’ They also retort that taking away their cars for such a lengthy period of time will make it impossible or at least hard for them to go to work. But it never seems to get through to them that the Mexican invaders are not allowed to be here in the first place! They’re not supposed to be on our streets driving or traveling to work!


  • A sort of bitter irony to all of this pandering to mexicans and other illegal hispanics is once they are in place as citizens, they will boot out every white and black democrat office holder to then put in their own.  The only exception, a very few accidental tokens.  This is what has happened in Miami.  It serves these democratic party socialists right.  We haven’t lived long enough to see the next stage, perhaps it will be to move out these stupid blacks and whites altogether from the city or make it particularly unsafe to stay.

  • JPF

     Very well said.  The end of the once great American society is going to be extinct.  Pretty soon this nation is going to be a third world melting pot.  It’s  going to be a cesspool.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Thanks, I wasn’t aware that LAPD could no longer impound cars for 30 days due to being unlicensed [12500(a) of the CA Vehicle Code]. I know that in other parts of CA (even in some sections of the Bay area), the 30 day impound law is still permissible. Some agencies allow a certain amount of discretion to the officer, but I’m sure even that will eventually stop and completely prohibit 30 day impounds for unlicensed drivers (usually Mexican illegal aliens).