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Report: 800,000 Illegal Voters in California?
A law passed two years ago could mean there might soon be thousands of illegal voters.
The San Jose Mercury News reported,...
On the day that California officials implemented a controversial law that allows undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, DMV offices throughout the state were packed with immigrants looking to take advantage of the opportunity.
Two years after the implementation of AB 60 on Jan. 1, 2015, an estimated 806,000 undocumented residents have received driver’s licenses, according to Department of Motor Vehicles statistics this month. About 14,000 of these licenses were issued in November alone, the DMV said.
The law has allowed undocumented residents to come out of the shadows and drive safely in their neighborhoods, according to Maricela Gutierrez, executive director of the immigration advocacy organization, SIREN.
“Many of them have been able to drive their kids to school and to run errands, when many times they were taking buses that would take them up to three hours to get from point A to point B,” she said. “It opened up new opportunities.” Supposedly, these illegal alien drivers aren’t able to vote… yet. Califoria’s “motor voter” law doesn’t apply until next year. But if 800,000 illegal aliens have already got legal driver’s licenses, what will be the situation in the 2020 election?
The article says that “state officials” claim there are “safeguards” in place to prevent illegal voters from participating in elections. But this contradicts what else is claimed in the article.
Many of those who received driver’s licenses under the law now fear they’ll become deportation targets if federal immigration authorities can access their DMV information, despite assurances from state officials that it won’t happen.
“We have definitely been hearing about a lot of fear from our community, especially with a new administration coming on board and the anti-immigrant rhetoric that’s been out there,” said Gutierrez. “Everything is theoretical as we speak, but we are definitely taking precautions.”
The organization hosts workshops to inform immigrants of their rights and has advised AB 60 recipients to be cautious on the road.
The law aimed to ease deportation fears that proved a barrier for undocumented residents to be tested and licensed to drive, a potential safety concern in a state that is home to an estimated 3 million illegal immigrants. Access to a license also makes it easier for those residents to find work and put their kids in public school.
The DMV said law enforcement agencies, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, can obtain driver’s license information — such as name, gender/description, address, date of birth and driver license number — through certain data-sharing systems. But the information doesn’t indicate their immigration status or whether they received licenses under AB60. If the data gathered from illegal aliens who drive is so private, how can they be prevented from voting? What exactly are the safeguards that protect us from illegal voters?