Young US illegal immigrants may get driver's licenses
FRESNO, California (AP) - When 17-year-old Alondra Esquivel needs to get from her rural central California home to classes at Fresno State University 32km away, she must rely on rides from her relatives or her boyfriend.
Most Californians her age can drive. But Esquivel, a college freshman, was brought illegally to the United States from Mexico when she was 7.
And California has denied driving privileges to immigrants lacking legal status since 1993.
"Without a license ... I have to depend on others to do the basic things," said Esquivel, who lives in rural Parlier, California, has classes at the college four times a week in Fresno. "It's a big inconvenience."