CAPS — In October 2013, California encouraged illegal aliens to stay in the state and take advantage of its services by passing a law allowing them to obtain state driver’s licenses. This move seemed to conflict with the federal immigration law passed in 1996 that prohibited localities and states from offering a haven to illegal aliens. But the Obama Administration has declared that it will do nothing to stop this practice. Interestingly, this is the same administration that sued states which tried to enforce immigration law by claiming that federal law precludes states from acting on immigration.
Since January 2015, nearly 500,000 illegal aliens have applied for California licenses, a number which has greatly surprised officials at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) who were anticipating a total of 1.4 million over a span of three years. “The interest in this program is far greater than anyone anticipated,” said Jean Shiomoto, director the DMV.
One reason for the surge was that various illegal alien advocacy groups worked hard to encourage a big turnout. Assisting them were elected officials, foreign language media and – rather ironically – law enforcement agencies. Other possible reasons for the surprising surge of applications are that there are more illegal aliens in the state than the current estimate (around 2.5 million) and that some of the applicants were illegal aliens from other states who decided to take advantage of California’s offer.