Brown Acts on Driver’s License, Deportation Bills

Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times, October 1, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that will allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and vetoed another that would have restricted sheriffs from helping federal authorities detain undocumented Californians for potential deportation.

His actions, announced Sunday as the deadline neared to finish work on nearly 1,000 bills sent to him by the Legislature this year, followed an intense week of protests, prayer vigils and lobbying by immigrant advocacy groups.

The governor also revived a tax break for Hollywood, allowed juvenile killers serving life in prison a chance for release and outlawed treatment intended to turn gay children straight. {snip}


The driver’s license measure will make illegal immigrants eligible to drive legally in California if they qualify for a new federal work permit program. That Obama administration protocol allows illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16, and who are now 30 or younger and meet certain other criteria, to obtain work permits.


The other closely watched immigration bill was known as the Trust Act. It would have prohibited local law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal authorities to detain suspected illegal immigrants, unless they are charged with a serious or violent felony.

Some in law enforcement campaigned hard against the measure, AB 1081 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said it conflicted with federal law and vowed to defy it.

The act is aimed at Secure Communities, a federal program that creates a pipeline from local jails to deportation. {snip}

Brown wrote in his veto message that he supported the intent of the Trust Act but it was “fatally flawed,” as it would have protected illegal immigrants involved in such crimes as child abuse, drug trafficking and selling weapons. “I believe it’s unwise to interfere with a sheriff’s discretion to comply with a detainer issued for people with these kinds of troubling criminal records,” he said.


Proponents of the act noted that fewer than a third of the roughly 80,000 people deported from California since the state joined the program in 2009 were convicted of serious felonies. Most of the rest committed misdemeanors, while others were guilty only of previous immigration violations.


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  • This is nonsense. Giving “some” illegals (who is that naive to believe that most of them will not get their DLs?) driver’s licenses will lead to take over of California by Mexicans and their offspring. Now, they will just elect the government of their liking and turn this state onto another Mexico. (In CA, all that is verified in the voter’s registration process is the validity of the address provided on the registration form.) We show them our good hearts and they steal our country from us.

    Here is a read about the larger picture of this engineered trend:


  • Who else but Californians would vote for a man with brain damage from 40 years of pot smoking. Great move Jerry and just in time for the Presidential election. Welcome to California, the world’s largest ouotdoor insane asylum where the patients are in charge.

    • newscomments70

      It’s been really bad in CA for awhile. Just driving on the freeway is always a near-death experience. It’s no exageration. That’s how they drive, it’s a cultural thing. Mexican drivers are homocidal behind the wheel, even the relatively nice ones. Now we’re giving more of them licenses. The Mexican janitor in my building recently told me, in a sad tone, that two of his nephews were killed in car accidents. One was killed on an Orange County freeway, the other on Mexican roads…what’s the difference really? When you think it can’t get any worse here, it does. 

      I have readjusted my life so that I can avoid driving. I work out of my very expensive, small apartment. I don’t visit clients that much.When I do, I take the train or toll roads. I spend $300 on tolls every month. Toll roads are typically much safer than the regular freeways. I can’t afford it, but it’s better than dying. This state is really a living hell. White liberals are so giddy about making the place even worse. 

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Mexicans have huge rates of drunk driving too.  They think nothing of chugging a 6-pack or more and then getting behind the wheel of a car.

        According to research compiled by Dr. Catherine Clark of the Alcohol Policy Group in Berkeley, Calif., Hispanic drivers are more likely than Anglo drivers to consume more alcohol more frequently and have been shown to be more likely than Anglos to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level over .05 percent. MADD’s data indicate that 42% of all traffic fatalities involved alcohol, the percentage is increasing, and Hispanics as a group are involved at a much higher rate than their portion of the population.

        Hispanics involved in car crashes are 2.5 times more likely to be drunk than White drivers and three times more likely to be drunk than black drivers….No other ethnic or racial group has such a high level of DUI arrests statewide, according to the California Department of Justice.

        American laws don’t apply to them as it does to us so why shouldn’t they drive drunk?

        AND, this is not limited to California:

        Twice-deported Mexican Johoan Rodriguez was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter on Friday in a Houston courtroom for killing Officer Kevin Will, 38, last May.

        The officer’s widow tried to make a victim’s statement about her loss, including how her new baby Kevin Jr. never got to meet his father, but she couldn’t make it through, and her mother had to finish reading how the preventable death had ripped the family apart.

        Officer Kevin Will was run down and killed by a drunk-driving illegal alien gangster, Johoan Rodriguez…At the time of the incident, Rodriguez was seriously drunk (blood alcohol level at .238, three times the legal limit),  His car was moving at 90 mph when it blew through a police barricade and struck and killed Officer Will, who was standing on the roadside investigating an accident.


      • You forgot to mention the high speed chases. I spend more time looking in my rearview mirror than my windshield.

        Whenever I drive n So Cal and then drive somewhere else in the country the insanity of it all hits me.

  • Hmmm, maybe the sheriffs can arrest the invaders as they try to get their drivers licenses.

  • Damn, and we thought traffic was bad NOW!  Time to go to the gun show this weekend. Also what about the insurance requirements? If they are illegal how do they get insured? Oh wait, paying for things and following the law is for WHITE PEOPLE.

  • bluffcreek1967

    California is gone and has been for a very long time!

  • Diamond_Lil

    Won’t be long before illegals get waivers for license and registration fees.  Won’t be long before we have to put road signs in Spanish either.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       I have been to Germany several times since the 1960’s. The last time I went in 200o they changed the HALT signs to the American octagon “STOP” signs. It was a sign the country and its culture had finally been destroyed. The U.S. is next.

  • Major

    Hopefully…His highness Gov. Moonbeam…gets his Limo rear ended by one of them and the illegal gets $4 million in damages. Tee Hee.

  • crystal evans

    Thank God I do not live in California any more.  I am sick of the pandering to illegal immigrants. I am tired of hearing that they are Americans without papers. That is the difference, they have no papers. Who brought them into the country. The American taxpayer or their illegal immigrant parents, who chose not to obey immigration laws and came anyway and the businesses that illegally hired these people so that they undercut the wages of US citizens and legal residents.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Do they have to get insurance? My guess is they don’t. Now my rates will go up. I discontinued my land line phone service because the lowest I paid was $45 a month. I had to pay for every other losers phone service. I wish I could do the same with my vehicle insurance and taxes.


  • The Worlds Scapegoat

     That isn’t a good heart, it is a mushy brain.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Will Governor Moon Beam make them register their cars and keep their insurance policy current?
    There are two types of Mexican drivers in my area.
    # 1: Illegal invader, they driver VERY slow (no license, no insurance, no registration, no habla). They do not know what turn signals, merges, yields and right of way are. Turning lanes are a complete mystery to them.
    # 2: Spoiled anchor baby, they drive like a manic, tailgater, drives fast and reckless. Has no consideration for ANYONE on the road but themselves, angry bitter and jealous.