New York has now done what New Jersey has tried to do for a decade or more: they’ve passed a law making unauthorized immigrants eligible for driver’s licenses.
Advocates rallied Thursday at the State House in support of a bill that would create two tiers of driver’s licenses and identification cards — one that complies with the federal Real ID Act and another strictly for driving that would be accessible to immigrants without legal status, others without documentation and certain senior citizens. Neither would allow unauthorized immigrants to vote or access state services.
Though the measures do have the support of the governor and Senate president, the bill has stalled since they were introduced last December.
If enacted, New Jersey would become the 14th state to offer driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants.