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Many of California’s illegal immigrants feel they’re in the driver’s seat

Published Tuesday July 5

STOCKTON >> Juan Valentin learned to drive in the agricultural fields around Stockton. An not documented immigrant from Tijuana, Mexico, he spent the next ten years on Cal. roads without a license, seeing little choice.

“Do you work, or do you not work?” remarked Valentin, now a warehouse worker for a local food producer. “Do you bring food to the table for your children or not?”

Today he’s now one of roughly 700,000 illegal immigrants with a Cal. driver’s license. “My life has gotten so much easier,” he said.

And immigrants rights groups have helped elect supportive leaders.

“The chances of large changes … are smaller,” Ramakrishnan said.

Article length: About 870 words.
Tags: Santa Cruz
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