New Jersey allowing undocumented immigrants to get drivers license


FILE – This Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 photo shows a rally with demonstrators calling for driver’s license for immigrants, outside the the offices of New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and Assemblyman John Armato, in Northfield, N.J. New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on legislation Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 to permit immigrants who cannot prove they’re in the country legally to obtain drivers licenses. (Craig Matthews/The Press of Atlantic City via AP, File)

New Jersey will soon allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses.

Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) signed a law permitting immigrants without legal status to obtain the crucial document on Thursday.

The legislation creates two tiers for licenses — one for those with proof of legal residency and one for those without.

Murphy argued that the move reduces the number of uninsured drivers and makes roads safer.

“Today is a simple recognition that our immigrant communities and each of you are a vital part of our state and of our economy,” Murphy said. “It’s an acknowledgment that many immigrant residents are already behind the wheel and on our roads going to work and school or simply going to the grocery store. And I’m sure some of you even drove here this morning.”

New Jersey is now the 14th state, along with the District of Columbia, to allow undocumented immigrants to get a drivers license.

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