Lipstick on a Pig: California’s AB 60

driver_licenseCalifornia’s law to allow illegal aliens to obtain a state driver’s license is a political ploy designed to assist that population to reside and work in the United States with less chance of facing deportation. It appeals to the Democrat leadership who favor an amnesty for illegal aliens and to businesses that employ exploitable workers.

In an effort to justify the State’s action in aiding the illegal aliens to compete for jobs with legal workers, the proponents of the measure – including Governor Brown – latched on to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that found unlicensed drivers were more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than licensed drivers. (Desert Sun, May 3, 2015)

The implication in citing this study is that if the illegal aliens are granted licenses it is a road safety measure. That, however, is a false conclusion. A correlation between fatal crashes with unlicensed drivers does not imply causality. A search of the AAA Foundation’s website for the research did not find the study, but it is easy to imagine that if persons driving with suspended licenses were included among unlicensed drivers in the study that would greatly increase the number of unlicensed drivers involved in fatal accidents because it would include drivers who previously were responsible for an accident.

Furthermore, as the news article asserts, illegal aliens driving without licenses are inclined to drive very cautiously in the hope of evading being stopped by the police. So, one would expect that the incidence of unlicensed illegal aliens involved in fatal accidents would be lower – not higher – than average. Giving the illegal alien a driver’s license would change that. It would encourage both more driving as well as less cautious driving, both of which are against the public interest. By accommodating illegal aliens, California is making itself an increasingly attractive magnet for those aliens. Added to the other negative effects of illegal immigration on job opportunities, fiscal costs, etc., AB 60 is harmful to most Californians.

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Jack, who joined FAIR in 1995, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).

Comments

  1. avatar Don says:

    The best way to be rid of a tick is to not roll around in tall grass.
    The best way to be rid of Brown is to not elect him in the first place.
    After all, Brown was not unknown! He has been feeding from the public pig feeding trough since He was a little boy !
    He is now a millionaire at your expense! Are you thinking about retiring with a monthly stipend?
    Brown is eligible to collect at least three state government retirements that I can quickly think of.
    Any one of which will make your stipend look like chicken feed. He will continue to live well while continuing to feed from the public pig feed trough.

    I often read about the unions. They may have done some good 100 years ago. But even then, they were socialist organisations. Their entire purpose has always been to garner power and money for the union leaders. It is the way of socialism. The elite at the top get the cookies, the workers at the bottom get to pay for the cookies.

  2. avatar David Smith says:

    The California Dept of Motor Vehicles has given up cross checking information on applications for id theft as it is so rampant. The information being supplied to authorities is mostly fraudulent.

  3. avatar Sandra Roberts says:

    What Jerry Brown is doing to California is horrible. We are giving jobs to illegals instead of Americans who need those jobs, by giving illegals Driver License. We were able to get rid of Gray Davis for this. Where is the uproar for this ? We need to get rid of Jerry Brown. The unions backed him not the people. He is now destroying California by not spending the Bond that Ca. passed for water storage. He is spending it on other things. Now we can no longer use water in our state. But he protects the delta smelt. People where is the outrage???

    • avatar Don says:

      The best way to be rid of a tick is to not roll around in tall grass.
      The best way to be rid of Brown is to not elect him in the first place.
      After all, Brown was not unknown! He has been feeding from the public pig feeding trough since He was a little boy !
      He is now a millionaire at your expense! Are you thinking about retiring with a monthly stipend?
      Brown is eligible to collect at least three state government retirements that I can quickly think of.
      Any one of which will make your stipend look like chicken feed. He will continue to live well while continuing to feed from the public pig feed trough.

      I often read about the unions. They may have done some good 100 years ago. But even then, they were socialist organisations. Their entire purpose has always been to garner power and money for the union leaders. It is the way of socialism. The elite at the top get the cookies, the workers at the bottom get to pay for the cookies.

  4. avatar Kyle says:

    AB 60 harmful to CA residents, an exorbitant understatement! And what about the remainder of U.S. citizens these illegal aliens harm because of this insanity?

  5. avatar Nanc Cuddeback says:

    I am just glad I had the sense to leave California back in the 80s.

  6. avatar Kyle says:

    CA – the cesspool of irrational intelligence from the majority!

  7. The Lunacy at the American Immigration Asylum

    Has no end.

  8. avatar Leland says:

    As noted, if the study is counting suspended licenses as “unlicensed”, and that is probably the case, it would only make sense that those “unlicensed” drivers were more likely to be involved in fatal crashes. Because a lot of those would be the result of losing the license because of multiple DUIs. I see it in the paper all the time. Someone with a suspended license for DUI gets picked up for the same charge. And since those under the influence are more likely to cause accidents, this “study” makes perfect sense. But it has nothing to do with any claim that illegals are going to drive safer if they have a license. Just another grasping at straws argument for rewarding illegals.