The Day Worker Center of Mountain View is offering an expanded driver’s license training program, supported by Santa Clara County.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian secured $30,000 for the program as part of the county’s 2019-2020 budget, according to a press release his office sent out Sept. 10.
Following the passage of Assembly Bill 60 by the State Legislature in 2014, undocumented individuals in California became eligible to take the California driver’s test and receive a driver’s license.
After AB 60 took effect in 2015, Simitian requested $20,000 for the Day Worker Center to train nearly 500 of its workers on the rules of the road and prepare them for their driver’s license test; the board unanimously approved the funds.
“When the bill was passed, nearly 1.5 million undocumented individuals were eligible under AB 60 for driver’s licenses,” Simitian said in the release. “We need to make sure that these drivers are compliant with the law and keep the public safe by making sure that folks who drive are properly trained and licensed to do so.”
Noting that there are more than 2 million undocumented immigrants in California, Simitian added, “I’m pretty sure they haven’t all been walking to work, school or the grocery store. So, I take a very practical view of the matter: Putting aside the national debate on immigration, we’ll all be safer if folks who are already driving learn the rules of the road, pass the test, provide contact information and make themselves eligible for automobile insurance.”
The Day Worker Center is a nonprofit organization that supports the day laborer populations of Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, and provides job-matching services for hundreds of local homeowners and businesses annually.
For more information on the center, call 903-4102 or visit dayworkercentermv.org.