Tuesday 20th February 2018,

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Undocumented Immigrants in California Now Eligible for Driver’s Licenses

posted by Randall

Los Angeles FreewayA new law going into effect January 1 would allow undocumented immigrants in California to apply for a driver’s license.

The law is being applauded by Asian American and Pacific Islander groups, but there is concern the undocumented in the AAPI community won’t take advantage of the law.

The Asian Journal reported that at recent forums about the new law attended by hundreds of people there was only one Filipino family.

“People are scared. But I think people need to be more brave, and know that LA is a sanctuary for them,”  said Joe Bernardo, a Filipino American policy analyst for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.


Several Asian American groups have released statements in support of AB60.
“Our community members can now drive safely to work and school. AB 60’s long due and historic victory resulted from all immigrant communities working in unity. The Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) and Korean American community in Los Angeles welcome this change,” said Alexandra Suh, Executive Director of KIWA.
​“AB 60 will make it easier for hard-working Pacific Islanders to support their families and  contribute meaningfully to their communities while helping to make our roads safer for everyone,” said Tana Lepule, Executive Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities.
“We are dedicated to informing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community about the benefits of AB 60 to help community members make an educated decision about applying for drivers licenses,” said Stewart Kwoh, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. “As we look forward to seeing AB 60 improve the livelihoods of undocumented Californians, we continue our commitment to fight for a more comprehensive solution that would provide all undocumented immigrants with the dignity they deserve.”

You can read more reaction to the new law at the website for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles.



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