Green Party urges swift passage of immigrant driver's license measure as ‘compassionate,' safe solution
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Monday, August 9, 2004
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO – The Green Party of California Monday urged quick passage of
legislation designed to provide state driver's licenses to all motorists,
citizens and non-citizens, and make the state's roads safer for every
SB 1160, authored by Sen. Gilbert A. Cedillo (D-22nd District), is the
subject of a major rally Monday at the State Capitol. It is due to be heard
before the Senate Appropriations committee later this week.
Sen. Cedillo – who received the Green Party's full support last year at a
Greens state convention – has modified his previous legislation to
accommodate "security concerns" by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
SB 1160, known as the "Immigrant Responsibility and Security Act," gives
undocumented immigrants who have applied for legal status or who promise to
do so a chance to obtain a state driver's license. Applicants must present
proof of identification from a passport or documents issued by the their
home country, and submit a full set of fingerprints and undergo a state and
federal criminal background check.
"Undocumented workers should have full access to what our culture and
society offers. They should have had this license a year ago under SB 60,
but Democrats provided that opportunity and then took it away. That was an
affront to our Latino friends and neighbors," said Tom Hutchings, Green
Party candidate for 33rd Assembly District (San Luis Obispo).
"The Green Party has long been critical of inconsistent federal
immigration policies, and California's economy depends in large part on
immigrant workers. Providing driver's licenses with appropriate security
checks is a pragmatic and compassionate solution," said Santa Monica Mayor
pro tem Kevin McKeown, who pushed through a measure in his city to support
"Residents and visitors alike rely on immigrant service workers, who must
drive to keep their jobs and feed their families. Social justice and common
sense demand we enable them to obtain legal driver's licenses and
insurance, making our streets safer for all of us," McKeown added.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437