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Activists affiliated with Movimento Cosecha today marched from Perth Amboy to the Woodbridge office of Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) in an effort to get establishment Democrats to commit to driver’s licenses for undocumented workers.
“Half a million would benefit from this bill in New Jersey,” organizer Carlos Rojas Rodriguez told InsiderNJ, refering A-4743 sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-20).
He appreciated Coughlin appearing outside his office to greet the marchers.
“But it didn’t sound like it was a priority for him for now,” said Rodriguez. “He didn’t give us a solid commitment and timeline to get this done before lawmakers go on vacation on June 30th.”
Rodriguez, who addressed the speaker directly today, said the effort to obtain driver’s licenses for undocumented workers has been a pending issue since the Corzine Administration conducted a blue ribbon panel.
“It was supposed to be a priority for the Democratic Party but they never put it up for a vote,” Rodriguez said.
Governor Chris Christie didn’t support it, but Phil Murphy ran on the issue.
“Murphy gave us renewed hope and a big expectation from the immigrant community that we could get it done within the first year of a Murphy Administration but we are worried the bill is stalled,” the activist said. “Politically we are not seeing Democrats having the spine to push this forward.”
Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz joined the activists at the start of the march in her home city.
“I support the bill,” Diaz told InsiderNJ.