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California Desis Illegals to get Driver's License
January 2, 2015 - Indian illegal immigrants in California must be celebrating today.

After all, starting today the state's desi illegal immigrants can apply for a Driver's License. Surviving without a Driver's License in California is hard since public transportation in the state is limited.

Besides letting California illegal desis drive legally, the Driver's License will also serve as an Identity Card to access state and federal services, open bank accounts and gain entry into airports, courts and most federal buildings.

Because of opposition from anti-immigrant foes, most states prohibit the Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing a Driver's License to illegal immigrants.

Unfortunately, major Indian immigrant hubs like New Jersey and New York still do not issue Driver's License to illegal immigrants. Since the number of Indian illegal immigrants in New Jersey and New York has been increasing in recent years, we assume that a lot of NY and NJ desis are driving without a U.S. Driver's License.

Thank God, California now offers a Driver's License to illegal immigrants too.

10 States where Indian Illegal Immigrants can get a Driver's License

1. California (effective January 2, 2015)
2. Maryland (effective January 1, 2014)
3. Connecticut (effective January 1, 2015)
4. Vermont (effective January 1, 2014)
5. Illinois (effective November 28, 2013)
6. Nevada (effective January 1, 2014)
7. Washington (effective July 25, 1993)
8. Utah (effective March 8, 2005)
9. New Mexico (effective 2003)
10. Colorado (effective January 1, 2014)
and the jurisdiction of
11. Washington D.C. (effective May 1, 2014)

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