Skelton: Lawmaker may finally fulfill pledge to dying wife
Last week California lawmakers approved a bill allowing illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, ending a years-long quest by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles).
That bill represented a promise Cedillo made to his dying wife a decade ago, George Skelton writes in Thursday's column.
Before his wife, Ruby Oliva, died of cancer, Cedillo said, she urged him to continue living a happy life. “Then she grabs me by the collar of my shirt and says, 'But first you have to finish passing this bill. Get that done first, OK? Promise me,' " Cedillo said.
If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the bill (AB 2189) could allow an estimated 450,000 young illegal immigrants to drive legally if they qualify for a federal work-permit program under a new Obama administration policy.
"Watching the good-natured Cedillo over the years has provided a lesson in legislative commitment and perseverance," Skelton writes. "Legislators of both parties applauded him after his bill passed the Assembly, a rare demonstration of respect and affection."
All of Skelton's columns are here.
For the record, 3:17 p.m., Sept. 6: A previous version of this post referred to "illegal lawmakers." It should have said "illegal immigrants."
Credit: Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey) in the Assembly chamber Aug. 29. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press