Martin Sheen, Danny Glover and Diane Keaton are among a host of celebrities
who are urging Arnold Schwarzenegger to back a bill allowing illegal immigrants
to obtain driver's licenses.
More than 30 actors, writers and musicians - also including CARLOS
Santana, Emilio Estevez and Melissa Gilbert, have taken out an advertisement in
the trade publication VARIETY urging California Governor Schwarzenegger to
approve the bill,
insisting it would make roads safer and that driving is a civil right.
The advert features a picture of an Hispanic woman with two young children
and reads, "I am trusted every day to use my hands and my heart to nurture and
care for children who are not my own... I am welcomed into the most personal
people's lives, but I'm not trusted with a license to drive a car.
"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised and has the power to help
tens of thousands of others like me who care for your children and bring food
to your table. All we want is for the Governor to keep his word so we can help
An estimated 2.4 million people living in California are illegal
immigrants and California began demanding proof of legal residency for driver's
licenses in 1994.