Governor likely to veto licenses for illegal immigrants in California

| Friday, September 09, 2005

California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday, Sept. 7, that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain a license that could be used only for driving.

The bill now heads to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk, who is expected to veto the effort.

SB60, sponsored by Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, would create special driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants that look different than regular licenses. The immigrant version would not be valid for identification or purposes other than driving.

“We will be vetoing the driver’s license bill,” Richard Costigan, a spokesman for the governor, told The Sacramento Bee.

Schwarzenegger, who vetoed a similar bill a year ago, has said he would reject any driver’s license legislation sent to him before the federal government issues new guidelines intended to prevent terrorists from gaining access to state-issued licenses. Those regulations are expected next year.

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