Gov. Newsom signed a bill into law last Friday that provides a new state identification card to illegal aliens. Here’s the details according to KTLA 5:
“A new bill signed on Friday gives all undocumented immigrants the chance to obtain a California state ID card.
Signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the bill, AB 1766, also known as “California ID’s For All” was introduced by Assemblyman Mark Stone back in Feb. 2022.”
The identification card will allow illegal aliens residing in California to access a wide variety of services, and functions as a replacement for a driver’s license.
According to a report in ABC 7, this includes access to things like in-state tuition for California colleges, and health permits for street vendors.
A statement from Gov. Newsom’s office said they’re “expanding opportunity for everyone regardless of immigration status[.]” The statement added:
“We’re a state of refuge – a majority-minority state, where 27 percent of us are immigrants. That’s why I’m proud to announce the signing of today’s bills to further support our immigrant community, which makes our state stronger every single day.”
This new law coincides with a similar move from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide an ID card to illegal aliens that will allow them access to certain government services.
As always, while the usual suspects extol the virtues of this bill, no one ever evaluates how it impacts the average legal citizen in an already overcrowded California.
This isn’t even getting into the fact that we’re in the midst of a record breaking crisis at the border. Incentives like this ID card will likely increase the number of illegal aliens who move to California.
Our beautiful state is already at full population capacity. The recent heatwave showed the precarious situation we’re in with respect to important resources like electricity. The same applies to water, housing, and a variety of other necessities for day-to-day life.
It’d be nice if our elected officials ever considered this when drafting legislation. If the recent track record over the past few decades is anything to go by, we won’t hold our breath.