"Sixty-eight percent of likely U.S. voters think illegal immigrants should not be eligible for driver’s licenses in their state," Rasmussen reported. "A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22 percent favor allowing illegal immigrants to get licenses in their home state."
In spite of broad opposition, the move to grant the licenses is likely to continue because organized opposition to the idea is weak.
"When a million people without their documents drive legally and with respect in the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice," Brown said. "No longer are undocumented people in the shadows. They are alive and well and respected in the state of California."
Chief sponsor of the legislation in the California State Senate was a Republican from the San Joaquin Valley, state Sen. Anthony Cannella.
"It is not only a safety issue, but the right thing to do," the Ceres Republican said. "We must recognize the hard work and contributions of our immigrant population and remember that we are all immigrants to this great country.”
While most Republicans in California may oppose the law, it is unlikely the GOP can field the troops to reverse it.
The majority of members of the Republican State Central Committee, the GOP’s state governing board, are appointed by party nominees, two-thirds of whom are veterans of failed election campaigns and who do not have the public support or organizational skills to reverse state trends.
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