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Cedillo vows to try driver's license immigration bill again

That_fateful_day With State Senator Gilbert Cedillo of Los Angeles, the old proverb should be: "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, again."

The Democrat from Los Angeles saw his proposal to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants vetoed this week for the fifth time since 1999. It was also repealed once after passing the Legislature.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in his veto message that he could not sign such a bill until Congress adopts a comprehensive immigration reform plan and a method is found to validate the identity of undocumented immigrants.

But showing the persistence that have some calling him "One Bill Gil," Cedillo vows to be back with the legislation next year as well.

"After almost ten years of debating this issue there is one thing we all have consensus on -- all drivers should be trained, tested, licensed, and insured,'' Cedillo said.

At least one of Cedillo’s colleagues has decided to drop efforts to pass legislation that was vetoed for a second time this week.

Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) was crushed after the governor vetoed legislation to create a cargo container fee to reduce air pollution in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

"Lowenthal has no intention of reintroducing the legislation next year," his office said in a statement. Perhaps Lowenthal is taking a cue from the late comedian W.C. Fields, who famously said, "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it."

-- Patrick McGreevy

Photo: Ken Lubas / Los Angeles Times (That's Cedillo with his marked ballot back in 1997, when he was running for his district seat.)

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If at first you don't get the message then be ready for Schwazenneger to veto, veto, veto, veto, veto, veto again.

Drivers' licenses for illegal aliens is a totally bogus idea. With jobs, health care, and housing increasingly hard to find, we need to be doing everything we can to discourage both legal and illegal immigration.

One Bill Cedillo has been TERMED OUT!!
But he is STILL
trying to be the best Senator, Mexico has ever had
working in California !
Go Figure.....


Let me post one idea; would you rather have anyone driving, licensed or not, or would you rather have pass driving exams. Think about this: they're going to drive anyway. THere's no way to stop them all from driving. Think about it.

Senate to One bill Gil: "Hasta la vista baby"

Cedillo is TERMED out and there is no way in hell his illegal alien enabling driver's license bill will be approved in a depresion like economy.

About Gilbert Cedillo vow to Illegal Immigration.... To drive again.... I do not think so ... NO WAY for Illegal Immigration because they are NOT became US citizen and not paytaxes ,,, NOT right.
Also Illegal Immigration are NOT good to drive because they cannot read English sign like STOP instead ALTO. and not pay insurance. We do NOT trust them.. NO give them anyway. If Illegal Immigration accidented and NO insurance then they would be in trouble and not good idea. NO WAY to let Illegal Immigration to have Drive again UNTIL they PASSED US citzen FIRST to know English words on streets like signs. I hope Schwarzenegger VETO it anyway. I saw they (Ill. Imm) did not good to drive as speed or soppy or not follow and almost almost hit many times.

Are some of you people that stupid If you pass a law that says they can have lic. and have to get insu. Do you think that they will automatically get a lic and buy insu. They are illegal they are already criminals They are already driving without lic and insu. Why would they buy any thing They are not honest people That is why they are illegal if they were honest they would not be illegal aliens. COMPRENDE And if you believe Gil Cedillo then you are dumber than rocks.



#1. Secure Our Borders!!!
#2. Mandate E-Verify for ALL Employees!!!
#3. Mandate E-Verify for ANY Benefit!!!
#4. Stop the Underground Economy!!!
#5. End Birthright Citizenship for Illegals!!!
......and make it retroactive!!!
#6. End Chain Migration!!!
#7. Make English our Official Language!!!
#8. Cut Off Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities!!


This 'Conquista' of the Democratic-Socialist state assembly Gilbert Cedillo has been trying to force driving licenses for illegal immigrants for years. Hopefully, the people of California are forewarned and stop this travesty of our immigration laws. He is part of the problem that has caused this great state to fall into a 17.5 billion dollar budget crash. City councilor Andronovich stated that $ 11. billion can be attributed to every illegal alien, who breaks into America, get a free lunch on the taxpayers who live there.

Not only has 'Sanctuary city and state California, become a haven for all the poverty of third world countries. Bu they have been shielding the pestilence of criminal gangs, that should be shot on sight. After all they have killed thousands under the umbrella of 'Special Order 40. That includes San Fransisco as well, under Liberal socialist Mayor Newsom. Then Governor Schwarzenegger has the audacity to ask the US Treasury for $7. Billion dollars, to stay the possibility of bankruptcy for California. There should be no Federal funding for any state or community, that violates Federal law with 'Sanctuary' mentality of sheltering lawbreakers.

No illegal alien should get any form of governmental ID, because then they can commit Voter fraud with impunity. How can an illegal immigrant get a drivers license, because they don't even exist other than in (ICE) immigration & Customs enforcement database?

Now the middle class already overburdened with war appropriation funds, is still force to pay for the education, free health-care and Federal, state welfare handouts for illegal criminals. SIGN UP FOR THE SAVE ACT(H.R.4088) enforcement 'ONLY' law at www.numbersusa.com.

SIGN JUDICIAL WATCH, A LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS PETITION, TO RESCIND ALL 'SANCTUARY CITIES & STATES. www.sanctuarybusters.org/?source. www.numbersusa.com to Petition the SAVE ACT. For immigration facts not propaganda or lies,



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Giving foreign nationals that have violated existing immigration, employment, motor vehicle and other laws is only going to encourage more illegal immigration and disrespect for other laws. It would make it easier for them to avoid law enforcement, function in our society and open a huge door to fraud.

It is very important that everyone behind the wheel be licensed. A Driver's license is a privilege to drive, it isn't a citizen document. It desired the words "Valid as identification for operation of a motor vehicle only" could be placed on the license. We lose too many to traffic accidents.

What does “illegal” mean? ILLEGAL! How can our government condone let alone support any kind of illegal activity especially when it comes to any kind of identification documents. This is wrong. If a car is stopped for good reason (other than driving weal brown) and the driver does not have a valid license his car needs to be impounded and if he/she is illegal he/she needs to be deported ASAP.

Who does Cedillo think he is representing? How many citizens of his district want illegal drivers to be able to have California Drivers Licenses? Why does Cedillo want this illegal bill to pass so badly, who is pushing or paying Cedillo so hard to get this bill on the books.? Let’s follow the money.

Fortunately he is termed out and it will be extremely difficult to find a reprehensive that treats his constituency so poorly or does such a poor job as Cedillo.

Anybody that came to this country illegally would have a license from their own country. If it expires they can always go back to their home country and get it renewed.

The defination of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Giving illegal aliens drivers licenses is insane. That would make them legitimate and provide them with an opportunity to vote. We already have vast VOTER FRAUD by illegal aliens.
Illegal aliens should be removed from this Country. If they are driving illegally they should be thrown in jail. Too many Americans have been killed by illegal aliens. No to Drivers Licenses and No to providing any benefits to illegal aliens.

well is not just mexican who need a driver license but its people from all over the world who need one. illegal aliens are going to keep driving with or with out a license so it is a lot safer to give a driver license to all the illegal aliens in the U.S

It clear that a Driver's license is a necessity to drive. Driving is a crucial component of our everyday lives. Everyone needs to drive regardeless of their status in society. A doctor, lawyer, teachers, nurse, banker, etc need to drive. The person who is here illegally needs to drive to the restaurant, gardening, construction, factory or any other job. There are ocassions that a person decides to drive after his license has been suspended. A person that is here illegally will also decide to drive even if he knows that he is not legally in the country and prohibited to drive. The person will drive because he needs to provide for his family and/or himself. As Californias we have 2 choices, allow illegal immigrants to drive without driver;s licenses or to license them. If we allow illegal immigrant to drive, they must need to be train, examined and insured. If someone get in an accident with an illegal immirant, the person that is here legally doesnt have to worry about recovering from someone that has no insurance or maybe any money. If we decide to allow them to drive with licenses, remember they are already driving, it is our responsability as a whole when someone gets in an accident with someone that doesnt have insurance. It is our responsability because we are depriving illegal immigrants from obtaining a license. At the end, if someone has no license and no insurance, it is a detriment to everyone. It is our choice to eliminate that detriment.

I don't see why so many people are against driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. I believe that if they can drive, they should be able to obtain a driver's license. As many people have stated, they will drive with or without licenses, plus with this economy we need as much money as we can get. If they were able to get a driver's license, millions of people would get one. Now think about it; 10 million illegal aliens x (let's say $50 per license) = $500 Million and that number would just keep increasing. Don't forget that with once they have their license, they can buy plates for their cars and that's another few million dollars put into our economy. Add to that the money they will pay for insurance and a big chunk of money could be injected into our economy. I don't know how many of you are close to illegal aliens, but they aren't ALL bad people, most of them just want to live the American Way of life and achieve the American Dream. They aren't here to destroy the country, they just want to work. They came here because even though WE think they live in shitty conditions, compared to how they lived in their home countries, they could be living in paradise here.


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