There are an estimated 2.6 million undocumented immigrants in California, one of the highest concentrations in the United States, and under a new California law that just took effect, if they pass written and driving tests and verify their identity and state residency, they can get a driver’s license.
When DMV offices open on Friday, hundreds of new employees will have been hired to meet the expected onslaught of applicants, with the agency expecting 1.4 million additional applications over the next three years. It is a controversial piece of legislation, but proponents of immigration reform, particularly in respect to giving some measure of legal status to undocumented immigrants, see it as a major victory.
ABC’s Alex Stone is up early checking out the scene outside of one such DMV office in Los Angeles.
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