SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President, Healthy California, released the following statement regarding today's announcement that Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to protect the right of immigrant motorists to drive legally in California.
"The California Endowment applauds Governor Brown's signing of AB 60, a bill that will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally. This bill ensures that an estimated 2.6 million people who lack immigration status are appropriately trained, tested and insured to drive on our roadways. It also affords people the right to lead productive lives by allowing them to drive to work and take their children to school without living in fear.
"Today's signing builds on previous actions California has taken to build on the rights of immigrants, including legislation that extended drivers licenses to 400,000 participants through President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This bill is the latest example of California's leadership in providing all immigrants basic rights and protections."
About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people's health. Through its 'Health Happens Here' campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment's homepage at www.calendow.org.
SOURCE The California Endowment