Illegals formed long lines outside dozens of California Department of Motor Vehicles locations Friday as the state begins to grant them driver’s licenses.
— Marc Cota-Robles (@ABC7MarcCR) January 2, 2015
California, which has the largest population of illegal aliens in the country, is now one of 10 states where illegals can apply for driver’s licenses, and the number of driver’s license applicants more than doubled once illegals were allowed to apply.
California’s legislature approved licenses for illegals back in Sept. 2013 when it passed Assembly Bill 60, which requires “the DMV to issue an original driver’s license to a person who is unable to submit satisfactory proof that the applicant’s presence in the United States is authorized under federal law” if they meet “all other qualifications” set by the state.
Growing line outside CA DMV office in LA on first day of driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants pic.twitter.com/u5dT5xCsvB
— Alex Stone (@astoneabcnews) January 2, 2015
The state expects at least 1.4 million illegals will apply for licenses and hired 900 more DMV workers to meet the demand in addition to opening four more driver license processing centers.
But California’s resources are already taxed to the max.
In 2013, Los Angeles Co. spent $650 million alone on welfare for illegals, but the costs didn’t stop there.
“When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” Los Angeles Co. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. “These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”
California overall is the largest welfare state in the county with one-third of the country’s welfare recipients.
Additionally, the state grants in-state tuition to illegal aliens, costing taxpayers up to $289 million in potential revenue each year.
And California’s healthcare system is nearing total collapse.
“Dozens of California hospitals and emergency rooms have shut down over the past decade because they could not afford to stay open after being endlessly swamped by illegal immigrants who were simply not able to pay for the services that they were receiving,” journalist Michael Snyder wrote. “As a result, the remainder of the health care system in the state of California is now beyond overloaded.”
“This had led to brutally long waits, diverted ambulances and even unnecessary patient deaths.”
“At this point, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people,” he added.