Calif. Dems Work to Save Immigrant Drivers' License Bill
Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana, an immigrants advocacy group, held their national conference Saturday. It was attended by many top state Democratic officials. Among the top issues: how to save California's new law allowing undocumented residents to obtain drivers' licenses. Among the ideas under consideration: a work stoppage.
``We're building a movement to show the economic strength of the immigrant and Latino community until these types of adverse right-wing referendums or legislative proposals come to a stop,'' said Nativo Lopez, the group's national director.
The bill is scheduled to take effect January 1. Governor-elect Schwarzenegger has promised to try to repeal the legislation, but he may not have to do much. Already, conservative Republicans have collected 40,000 signatures to get the matter on the March, 2004 ballot. But it's not over yet as they need 375,000 signatures. Check out Calpundit, who says it's time for an intitiative to end initiatives. We're not quite ready to jump on that bandwagon.
Meanwhile, here are reasons to keep the driver's license bill:
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