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LAPD Chief Beck: Yes to driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

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An impounded car.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says California should issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, the L.A. Times reports.

This follows previous efforts by Beck to offer less harsh punishments for drivers caught driving without a license, as Beck feels that impound laws have unfairly affected illegal immigrants.

"My personal belief is that they should be able to," Beck said in a meeting with Times reporters and editorial writers. He said that what California has done so far to reduce the problem of illegal immigrants driving without licenses hasn't worked.

"When something doesn't work over and over and over again, my view is that you should reexamine it to see if there is another way that makes more sense," Beck told the Times.

Beck did say that he doesn't believe it should be the same as a regular license, and also that concerns that it could make it easier for terrorists to go undetected need to be addressed.

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