Hudson County Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of a State Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants

Hudson County Freeholders passed a resolution urging the state legislature and governor to issue licenses to undocumented immigrants

For Immediate Release

June 12, 2015

Contact: Johanna Calle, NJAIJ Program Coordinator, 973-474-9850 (office) and 201-580-3060 (cell)

Jersey City – Hudson County passed a resolution urging the state government to enact legislation allowing the Motor Vehicle Commission to issue driver’s licenses to individuals who cannot provide proof of lawful presence in the United States. The Board of Freeholders voted on a resolution by a unanimous vote. This is the latest county to pass this type of resolution, others passed in Camden, Elizabeth, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Plainfield, Dover, Jersey City, Bridgeton and Union County.

The legislation would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain licenses for the purposes of driving in the state, after being properly tested and insured. It would provide some relief to immigrants who are afraid of being deported due to interactions with law enforcement. Other states who have this type of policy have seen lower number of unlicensed drivers on the roads, therefore making them safer for everyone. 

Hudson County advocates have been organizing community members around issues that are affecting municipalities in the county. Members and partners of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice praised the Jersey City Council for passing this type ore solution last month. Resolutions like this one show the community’s support for state legislation that would benefit around 464,000 people in New Jersey. 

The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice launched a campaign in March, New Jersey For All, which aims to advance policies that address the need for expanded access to driver’s licenses, the lack of government-issued identification in the immigrant community, wage theft, and the separation of immigrant families. The Alliance views the passing of this resolution as another sign of the momentum from immigrant communities organizing to make New Jersey a more immigrant-friendly state.