Hundreds rally for undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses in NJ

David Madden
November 07, 2019 - 1:43 pm
— Some 400 people rallied outside the Capitol building in Trenton, urging state legislators to act on a bill that would give driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in New Jersey.

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Some 400 people rallied outside the Capitol building in Trenton, urging state legislators to act on a bill that would give driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in New Jersey.

To many in the crowd, it’s a matter of fairness, of being able to get by day to day. And it's more than just immigrants in this fight. 

"I call upon our public officials to accept their moral responsibility to act in the best interests of all of God's children by doing what is just and what is right," Rev. Heyward Wiggins of the Camden Bible Tabernacle Church told the gathering. "And you have to remember, we put you in office. We put you in office to work for us."

Wiggins heads up Faith in New Jersey, a multi-denominational social justice group.

A dozen states now offer undocumented residents a license to drive. Bills to make New Jersey the 13th state to do so have languished in committee for almost a year. Proponents vow to get it done by the end of this year.

"We want licenses. We want safety, and we want equity for all of our New Jersey families," State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) added.

It's not just an issue of legalizing the process but making it easier to obtain a license. Many say the six-point ID system is too stringent.