Immigrant advocates urge DMV to broaden ID requirments

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 27, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. – About 40 people gathered outside of the Caltrans – California Department of Transportation building in Oakland, Calif. to take part in the final scheduled public hearing concerning drivers licenses for immigrants.

They are asking for changes to identification requirements because they say documents are difficult to obtain.

Undocumented Filipino immigrants say they it will difficult to supply a required consular ID because the Philippine Consulate does not offer any.

While these Filipino American college students are here advocating for immigrants, they too are affected by this new law.

“I’m a non-immigrant and there was a point in my life where I wasn’t able to renew my [drivers] license because my visa expired and we were in the process of renewal,” said 20-year-old UC Berkeley student Johmer Polanes. “It did definitely affect how I functioned everyday because I didn’t get to drive to school everyday.”

“I know my family definitely went through the transition from the Philippines to the United States,” said 19-year-old UC Berkeley student Ciantelle Tienzo. “I’m sure that a lot of people have a harder time than most during this transition period so I feel it’s very important to stick to these movements because it helps the greater community.”

After the brief rally, they gathered into the auditorium where the DMV took comments from the public.

Much like the hearing in Los Angeles, the panel made it very clear that this venue was not for comments against the law.

“You’re in the wrong venue,” said DMV attorney Brian Soublet. “That ship has already sailed. We will not entertain or consider any comment about whether the department should implement provisions of AB60.”

Undocumented immigrants and their advocates voiced their gratitude for the opportunity to receive driver licenses while also sharing their concerns.

“Some of them may not have their documentations,” said one advocate for immigrants. “They are here by themselves in this country and are not able to get the documents from their own country to get them here or may have lost them along the way.”

“I’d like to echo with other concerns people have voiced today regarding the accessibility of these new licenses as well as concern about police profiling,” said another immigrant advocate.

This marks the last scheduled public hearing after four months of public input.

DMV officials say it will consider changing the regulations based on today’s comments before the law goes into effect January 1, 2015.

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5 Comments on this post.

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  • kikay Pang0
    27 June 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    F(u)ck all this illegals … they demand all things made easy for them … Do some sweating sometimes mother Fffff ers…

    • Kikoy Tangus
      4 July 2014 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      Why don’t you go back to where you came from. You have no knowledge of the history of this country. Stop sounding like a sour, ungrateful biatch.

  • JRB
    28 June 2014 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Hey Okaland Calif, are you all “NUTS.” How can you give people Drivers Licenses that don’t belong here in America, your all clowns. Undocumented immigrants shouldn’t have no “IDENTIFICATION.” From America because they broke the law in America and they all is undocumented. FBI should pick all of them up and send them back to where they came from.

  • noz
    29 June 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    mexifornia is empowering these illegal aliens. this is what mexifornia, with the growing hispanic majority voters, have voted in power the far out lefties, pro socialist politician lawmakers, prioritizing, and working with illegal aliens, instead of working with the true american californians. it’s never too late, although the truth is, time is not on their side – the true american californians must all wake up to take back their beloved california through their power of voting mobilizations, to unseat these commie socialist politician lawmakers in rewriting the laws favoring illegal aliens, in turn degrading the true american californians, and inundating the state of california to extinction.

  • Mar
    29 June 2014 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    100Million unemployed, Obama’s flooding the country with illegals from Central America, this are future Democrat voters. Wait until referendum to change California to Mexifornia. Remember Crimea, seceded from Ukraine by referendum votes. La Raza will take over California and all Democrats non-Latinos will loose their jobs.