As the final night of the California legislative session came to a close, the state legislature controlled by Democrats pushed through a landmark bill allowing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has signaled that he intends to sign such legislation, further exacerbating an already chaotic situation in the country’s most populous state.
This, coming on the heals of a recent report released by LA County Supervisor, Michael Antonovich in which figures reflect that by the end of 2013 illegal immigrant parents will have received $650 million from taxpayers in welfare benefits for their children. The supervisor also indicated that through July these illegal immigrants had already received $376 million in CalWORKS benefits and food stamps.
According to the report, approximately 100,000 children of 60,000 illegal parents are receiving about $54 million in welfare payments each month, funded by the county’s taxpayers.
Now, the intelligent Dems in Sacramento will allow these illegal immigrants to drive our public streets.
Yet, this newly-passed law, if signed by Brown, will be in direct conflict with federal statutes.
While the new bill includes a provision that requires that employers not discriminate against license holders, the federal government through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is presently sending audit notices to 1,000 businesses to states with large immigrant populations.
These audit notices are for the purpose of identifying those businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. And those businesses that are found to be guilty of such hires will face stiff civil and legal fines for violating federal law.
So, once again, California, with its liberal Democrats in control, ignores federal law and pushes the envelope beyond both imagination and common sense.
Employers who struggle to find ways to avoid discrimination charges in the state, will now have to also try to remain compliant with federal law.
Can’t win for losing!!
Spero columnist John Mancino is a security professional and political activist residing in California.