California – the Sanctuary City State – is doing all it can to complete its merger with Mexico.
The latest is giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Questions about whether or not illegals should be able to drive in America aside – which is a privilege not a right – a photo ID makes it drastically easier to apply for an obtain welfare benefits.
As reported by BizPacReview, here’s the extent of the insanity:
Almost 50 percent of all California driver’s licenses issued in 2015 went to illegal immigrants, according to recent state reports, wrapping up the first year of a state-wide program designed to provide Department of Motor Vehicle services to those without citizenship.
In total, California issued 605,000 driver’s licenses to illegals a year after the program started Jan 2, 2015, which is far more than the anticipated number, the Orange County Register reports. The program is expected to cost the state $141 million over a period of three years.
There have been 830,000 applications from illegals, based on numbers from Dec. 31, 2015.
Part of the push for the bill came from those who argued that the roads would be safer with more licensed drivers. There is not enough data yet available to assess whether or not that is true. Unlike normal driver’s licenses, these special illegal immigrant licenses cannot be used as federal identification.
Such is the logic of those who think illegals should have licenses – that more cars on the roads make roads safer. The rate of driving fatalities per 100,000 vehicles in Mexico is four times higher than in the US, by the way.
“DMV committed to successfully implementing this new law to increase safety on California’s roads by putting licensed drivers behind the steering wheel,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “One year after AB 60 implementation there are 605,000 more drivers on the road who have passed all testing requirements and demonstrated their knowledge of California’s rules of the road.”
Estimates place the number of illegals in California at 2.4 million, meaning that the driver’s license program captured an incredibly large portion of that population.
The DMV went out of its way to hire 1,000 new employees to handle the surge in applications. The agency also opened four new centers and made office hours more flexible.
Great, so aside from paying virtually no taxes and sapping government benefits, illegals have managed to create yet another expense for California’s taxpayers.
Still, despite the agency’s best efforts, processing centers ground to a halt at the flood of illegals looking for driver’s licenses.
Longer wait times particularly impacted the senior population, as those over 70 must appear in person to renew their licenses. These seniors have had to wait in lines for hours and hours.
Is it any wonder why California is crumbling under nearly half a trillion dollars of debt? If we ever need a quick piece of evidence as to why liberalism is a failure, at least we have some place to point to.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]