Half a Million California Immigrants Seek Licenses, Exceeding Projections

Jeremy B. White, Sacramento Bee, April 3, 2015

A surge of undocumented immigrants seeking driver’s licenses has caught the California Department of Motor Vehicles off guard and underscored the massive interest in the new program.

Just months after driver’s licenses became available to immigrants living in California illegally, the product of legislation advocates had pursued fruitlessly for years before prevailing in 2013, 493,998 have sought licenses. The number has surprised officials who spent months bracing for an influx of new customers by hiring staff, opening new DMV offices and extending hours.

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In preparing to offer the new licenses, the DMV estimated that about 1.4 million immigrants would apply over the course of three years. The new figures show they have handled one third of that expected total in three months, a rate double what the DMV expected, although the official estimate of the total number of eligible applicants remains the same.

An initial burst of applicants began to level off in February, said a spokesman for the DMV. He attributed the rapid pace to a mass information campaign that enlisted law enforcement, elected officials, consular authorities and foreign language media to get the word out.

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  • It probably won’t mean any new traffic. It’ll just mean that they have licenses now.

    • Who Me?

      After the novelty wears off, it will be back to business as usual. Illegal aliens have been allowed to get legal drivers licenses in Washington State for years now. Most of them still don’t have licenses. (Most of them still don’t know how to drive properly, or to try and do it sober, either….) California is toast, stick a fork in it. What a shame, it used to be such a pretty place….

      • We’re a bit funny in Colorado: driving without insurance is worse than driving without a license.

    • GuatemalanHousekeeper

      well this whole plan was not to legitimize illegals, it was a way to track them. The idea was to get them IDs so they could open bank accounts as opposed to having to pay cash- which is difficult to control. If you visit any Family Dollar store you’ll be amazed at how many customers pay in cash only, their customer base heavily Hispanic.

      • newscomments70

        I’ve been by “El Super” in Highland Park. Similar situation.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Sorry, but the PRIMARY purpose of allowing them to get Driver’s Licenses was so they could register to vote at the same time, and then use their DLs as identification when they voted illegally in the 2016 Elections…

  • a multiracial individual

    Any person that lives in California [like me] and is an advocate for immigration needs to have their head examined. Perhaps 2 hours of bumper to bumper traffic is not quite enough. We need 3-4 hours instead. Also, how is lax immigration N-O-T going make the drought EVEN worse?

    I want matter and anti-matter in my basket. That’s not going to be a problem is it?

    • You said that Jerry Brown needs his head examined.

      He doesn’t have time to have his head examined. He’s too busy being the chief of the shower police.

      • Hammerheart

        Yes, making everyone take a shower every other day is going to solve everything and balance out the flood of illegals. Whatever you say moonbeam.

        • Puggg

          Or they’ll have to learn to do it like my father had to do it when he was in the Navy.

          • When I was in the Croatian army, I didn’t get a shower once I was near the front. My uniform could have later stood up without me inside it.
            By the time I got out of the battle, I looked like hell, warmed over, and smelled like it, too, with a broken, gunshot arm.

      • Alden

        But saying nothing about the billions and billions of water in the reservoirs that can’t be released to save the farms because the federal courts decrees those billions and gallons of water be reserved for the delta smelt some kind of smelt like any other smelt that lives in the Sacramento River
        Those reservoirs were originally. built not for general use, but as a reserve supply to be released to farmers during drought years
        In the other hand it is the farmers who are most responsible for polluting the state with Hispanics so I have little sympathy for them

        Fact Mexican farmers use more planting and harvesting machinery than California farmers

    • LexiconD1

      Do we even need to go into all our new drought restrictions. How much of our RESOURCES do these people steal?…

    • Samuel Hathaway

      My younger brother just returned from a business trip in Riverside, California. While out there, he wanted to drive a little farther west to Los Angeles. But about 30 minutes after leaving Riverside, CA, the traffic became bumper-to-bumper and so bad he had to turn around and go back to Riverside. More illegals getting drivers licenses clearly is not the answer to the traffic problems in California.

      • LexiconD1

        I’m sorry for your brother having to spend anytime out their. Riverside is a slum.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          That’s was sort of what he reported. He also reports the population make was about a third white, a third Hispanic and a third Asian. He went out there to train some new personnel, most of whom, he says were Hispanic.

      • Alden

        Takes more than an hour to drive 5 miles in my Los Angeles neighborhood
        2 miles or less it is faster to walk

      • Lexonaut

        “More illegals getting drivers licenses clearly is not the answer to the traffic problems in California.”

        I agree. The solution is to ban Gringos.

  • Luca

    How nice that they hire new people to cater to the illegals. Most of us legal citizens have had to wait hours in line.

    • Yancy Derringer

      I’m sure they hired practically all minorities to process the illegals.

      • John Smith

        Ebonics speakers processing Spanish speakers would be fun to watch, however.

    • LexiconD1

      Please, they don’t even have to speak English to get a license here (and haven’t had to ever, as far as I can recall.) The cheating is pretty rampant too. They get an ‘instructor’ who tells them the answers.

      It’s disgusting how CA bends over backwards for the third world.

      • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

        CA is now Mexico. So doesn’t surprise me about the cheating.

      • GuatemalanHousekeeper

        Even with all that help they STILL managed to get only a small percentage to pass those tests. Passing the CA drivers license is as simple as the “square block goes into square hole” game but these dolts were too thick to pass a test a baby could do. I can’t recall the numbers but L.A. Times posted some results about like “198 persons out of 968 taking the test passed” and the tests were given in both Eng. and Spanish.

  • kikz2

    While spending too much time at the TX DMV getting my daughter’s learner’s permit a couple of wks ago, I inquired if TX would honor the illegal’s CA licenses. The answer was a loud, emphatic NO!

    • John Smith

      RACISM!!!

      Someone will say it.

      • kikz2

        yeah.. but they’ll probably cave.. they cater to them every other way….

  • Hammerheart

    Dear fellow Californians:

    Please exit the state as soon as you’re able to. If not for your sake, your immediate families.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Will the last American to leave California, please bring the flag?

      • ViktorNN

        What’s the point? America is dead.

        The sooner we accept it, the sooner we can move on to what’s next.

    • Guest

      But don’t come to the PNW. We have enough of you already.

      • Hammerheart

        Too late.

      • LexiconD1

        Yeah, because your a ground swell of conservative values, right? The liberal loonies didn’t start, or end with CA transplants…

      • Alden

        It’s not Californians who destroyed Seattke

    • newscomments70

      White Californians bring liberalism to other states. I’ve always lived in ultra-liberal states, I must be a glutton for punishment.

      • Hammerheart

        Common misconception:

        Go 30-40 miles inward and you find a sizeable and stoic independent and conservative base. What makes CA liberal? Hispanic immigrants, secular Jewish hollywood, and the academic/tech giants up north.

        Don’t forget, CA is home to Camp Pendleton, Cordnado Naval base, and 29 palms MCAGC. The major cities are liberal, rural CA is not.

        • Compare the racial demographics of voting populations in California and Texas and they’re about the same in terms of whites and Hispanics. The percent of the electorate that is white and the percent that is Hispanic.

          Hispanics in Texas aren’t that much different than Hispanics in California. The former are a bit more Republican, but still heavily Democrat in both cases.

          The big difference is white voters. California white voters (or “white”) are way different than Texas white voters. And the keystone to understanding why is affordable family formation.

  • Whitetrashgang

    I guess that old saying where did you get your licence, from a cracker jack box? Now has new meaning.

  • Jason Lewis

    Maybe it’s a trick to get them to come in and take a picture and give an address for the roundup?
    Wishful thinking.

  • What this means is simple. They’ve been lying about the number of illegals, spouting numbers way below the real numbers. The large turnout for license says there’s probably 3 times more illegals than the official numbers.

    Better they stay in California, which is probably lost to the US now anyway. It would take a major military operation to get them out and that ain’t gonna happen because they vote Democrat.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Liberals in California are brain dead.

    • LexiconD1

      Yes, they are.

    • newscomments70

      That has been the state motto since 1967.

    • Luca

      California is the world’s largest free-range insane asylum.

      • Hammerheart

        Ha. Never heard that one before. I guess it’s only a matter of time before it becomes America’s premiere two way firing range.

  • Hilis Hatki

    California Cop: “May I see Your license.”

    Esse: “Ain’t it on the bumper?”

    • JohnEngelman

      Licenses? We don’t need no stinking licenses.

  • Ograf

    These people are the most dwi prone drivers in the world, and the bad news is they have no insurance, aren’t going to get any insurance, and don’t care if someone ends up dead or maimed for life, after all the White folks will pay for everything. Where is the tequila ?

    • a multiracial individual

      I have meet a couple of people that have been nearly bankrupted by medical expenses after being hit by a drunk illegal.

    • Lexonaut

      People who don’t take out uninsured motorist coverage are taking a huge risk, as are people who take out the minimum liability and medical coverage rather than the maximum.

      If you can’t afford adequate insurance you probably should not be driving. Take cabs or Uber instead.

      • Ograf

        Lexonaut, imagine a drunk illegal and his 12 cousins that use the junker car they have deciding to forego the booze and smokes and loud obnoxious music they play and invest in some serious coverage for their insurance. Probably not going to happen. That would be like considering all the “youths” and “teens” so euphemistically called by the MSM to be responsible hardworking citizens who love and help their fellow man. Then I woke up and saw the real world.

  • LAGERTHA

    They can now legally drive out to the desert and construct a rat hole barrio. We the White people of Scottish and Germanic descent will fight for our Grapes of Wrath in California! OUR LAND.

    • Reynardine

      White flight has to stop sometime.

      • LAGERTHA

        That’s right! Dig in and fight for your lives!

  • John Smith

    I bet they’ll do close to double their estimates after three years.

  • Alden

    More affirmative action employees more overtime extended hours more computers more electricity more taxpayers money longer lines
    I’m sure there are orders to let every Hispanic pass the driving test so they can injure main and kill legally

  • HE2

    Speaking of overcrowding and escape.

    Wealthy libtard Marin Country, Calif., traffic on Hwy 101, traveling both North and South is impossibly bumper to bumper starting at 0500.
    Surface Rds as well. From the hills of Mill Valley down to Sir Francis Drake Blvd to the Mill Valley Mkt on Corte Madera Ave takes about an hour now.
    Whites move further North to Sonoma County, suffering a longer commute to S.F. jobs, ultimately a waste of time. Mestizos and Meso-Americans will still follow the money North, manage to be wedged into formerly posh townhouse complexes via Sec. 8, which they ruin. Now where do decent Whites go from there?
    I am not talking about Southern California, the most overrun of all because of proximity to the border, this is the S.F. Bay Area.
    My Northern MT. family says Flathead County and Bitterroot Valley are being hit with California “refugees,” including retired Special Forces. McMansions pop up, cost of living and real estate values escalate. We are running out of escape routes.

  • Lexonaut

    ” … a rate double what the DMV expected, although the official estimate of
    the total number of eligible applicants remains the same.”

    Of course the official estimate remains unchanged. What’s happening here is simply that a greater fraction of illegal aliens developed consciences are opting for voter-and-benefits ids than had been originally expected. In other words, the influx of illegals is even better for the Democrat party us than we had realized.

  • GuatemalanHousekeeper

    Well interestingly enough- out of hundreds of applications only a tiny percentage passed the written drivers tests, given in both English and Spanish. Shocking coming from a race that believes electricity is “magic”.