SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill allowing some illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, but that wasn't good enough for immigrant advocates.
Instead of cheering, some blasted the Democratic governor's veto of other measures that would have expanded the rights of nannies and housecleaners and protected some illegal immigrants from deportation.
Immigrant advocates said Monday that Brown's support of the bill to offer driver's licenses to young immigrants who qualify for two-year federal work permits doesn't have the far-reaching impact that backing the other measures could have had.
They said signing those bills could have further distinguished California as immigrant-friendly in contrast to states such as Arizona and Alabama which have been cracking down on illegal immigration.
Associated Press Writer Gosia Wozniacka contributed to this report from Fresno.