“For 60 years, California had the safest highways in the country,” observes Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles). “Then we started playing immigration politics with highway safety, and our highways got a lot less safe.”
Cedillo has been trying to restore driving license rights for illegal immigrants since 1998, when he joined the state legislature. At this moment he has his fingers crossed, for at least the ninth time in his career, that California might be chipping away at the roadblocks. His latest bill to make at least some undocumented immigrants eligible for licenses won passage in the legislature last month and awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.