Put Undocumented Immigrants in Driverless Cars

Sometimes you can solve two problems by putting them together.

Let's take two issues, both related to legislation recently passed in Sacramento, and see how it works.

1. California has, by some estimates, as many as 3 million unauthorized immigrants. And even with new legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown to permit licenses for certain of these immigrants, most still won't be able to drive legally.

2. Google just pushed through legislation to establish rules to govern use of the driverless calls it has invented. But it's far from clear that there's a market for such vehicles.

What to do? Here is my modest proposal: put these two problems together!

And permit those unauthorized immigrants to use driverless cars.

The immigrants won't have to drive. They just have to sit there. No need for a full license.

And Google, with a generous subsidy to such immigrants, could immediately create a market, and economies of scale for its invention.

Now, I recognize there might be some howling about a few particulars in this innovative plan. Some will wonder about legalizing the undocumented to do anything, or whether driverless cars will make undocumented immigrants easier to spot. And some will wonder further about whether Google will want to define its car brand in this way.

But those are mere details. And if my plan is too complex, there's always the simpler approach: authorizing the undocumented to drive and obtain licenses (as California used to do before the 1990s) and subsidizing industries that we think are promising.

But such things are too... sensical. So my modest proposal will have to do.

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