New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill making it easier for illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses.
The bill, S3229/A4743, “creates two categories of driver's licenses and identification cards; allows residents unable to prove lawful presence in U.S. to receive permits and standard driver's licenses or identification cards,” News 12 New Jersey reported.
The group “Let’s Drive NJ,” which supports the bill, says it will “strengthen cooperation between immigrant communities and law enforcement” and “hold more motorists accountable.”
“When more motorists are registered and licensed, law enforcement will be able to hold more motorists accountable for their driving records,” the group said.
Critics point out that it’s unfair for legal New Jersey residents, who have to provide “six points” of identification to get a driver’s license, which illegal immigrants don’t have.
Meanwhile, New Jersey is one of several states still working to comply with the REAL ID program.
According to the DHS website, the REAL ID Act “establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.
“The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.”