In Newark, Protesters Defy Coughlin on Drivers’ Licenses for Undocumented Workers

Protesters in Newark.

Demanding drivers’ licenses for undocumented workers, protesters blocked Route 21 in Newark resulting in the arrests of 18 people. Two groups,  Close the Camps  and Cosecha want New Jersey lawmakers to pass A4743, which would make residents eligible for driver licenses regardless of immigration status.

This pending legislation enables applicants who pass all driving tests to receive a license ― without unnecessarily forcing residents to provide immigration documentation, which does not advance transportation safety.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy supports the bill, and has expressed frustration at the legislature’s delay.

Today in Newark, Cosecha and Close the Camps called on all legislators to bring this bill to the Governor’s desk.

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