Thousands of Undocumented Immigrants Apply for Driver’s Licenses in Calif.

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Undocumented immigrants in California can now obtain driver’s licenses under Assembly Bill 60, also known as the Safe and Responsible Drivers’ Act, which went into effect on Jan. 1.

Even in winter-cold weather, hundreds of individuals lined up early Friday morning on Jan. 2 to take the test for their learner’s permits.

“This is a big opportunity for me,” Sammy Moeung, 24, a Cambodian immigrant, told the Associated Press. “Having this is moving a step forward in life, in California and the United States.” Moeng, a Buena Park resident, arrived just after 4 am because he did not want to wait any longer to obtain a license, the news agency reported.

The provisions of AB 60 include prevention of being ticketed and arrested for driving without a license and avoiding the expensive costs of car impounding. -

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