One California assemblyman is attempting his 8th and presumably final attempt to pass a state law which would allow people living in the state illegally to obtain a state issued driver’s license. Each previous attempt by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo failed to pass muster, although one attempt in 2004 actually was passed was not ultimately signed into law.

The idea of allowing undocumented people living in the United States to obtain driver’s licenses has been widely debated with most people siding with their political party. There is no physical reason not to allow these people to have driver’s licenses. They would still need to pass the same test as everyone else; have a good enough grasp of the English language to understand street signs and understand traffic laws and drive safely just as everyone else is required to. But since these people are here illegally many people feel allowing them to obtain a driver’s license is tantamount to saying it’s ok that they here illegally.

There is another reason some people feel illegal aliens should be allowed driver’s licenses. they believe licensing these drivers would require them to be properly insured. Their vehicles would need to be properly registered and they would not have a reason to avoid police as they seem to now.

No doubt this most recent attempt by Gil Cedillo will fail again, but the debate over issuing driver’s licenses to people living in the U.S. illegally will continue for some time.