Gascon asserts that the new policy "has nothing to do with immigration per se" -- as it also could apply to people who can't afford to get a license or undergo driver training. "It's a much broader population."
OK, but there is another "broader" population -- people who ride the bus. If this were the desert, you might understand the argument that people need their cars to get to work. But this is San Francisco -- with BART, cable cars and Muni. If Newsom and company don't think people without licenses should be limited to the bus, then why spend more than $700 million on public transit each year?
Talk to City Hall about how expensive it is to park, and city solons will tell you there is no right to drive. But if you break federal immigration law, they'll work on it.