Jersey City to vote on immigrant driver's license bill

The Jersey City City Council will vote on supporting a state bill for driver's license for undocumented immigrants.

The Jersey City City Council will vote on supporting a state bill for driver's license for undocumented immigrants. (5/27/15)

JERSEY CITY - UPDATE: The council has voted unanimously to approve the resolution to support the state bill to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses.

The Jersey City City Council will vote on a resolution that would endorse a state bill to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to get a driver's license in New Jersey.

Joanna Calle, of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, says that roads will be safer by requiring immigrants to take classes and driving tests. She says the licenses would also benefit New Jersey financially.

"About $209 million would come in the form of insurance premiums," she says. "Premiums would drop for everyone across the state and $5 million would be received in licensing fees."

Studies have shown that 464,000 immigrants would be eligible in New Jersey.

Jersey City residents who spoke to News 12 New Jersey about the plan mostly seem to support it.

"If people are living here...and trying to get by and work, if they need a driver's license, then by all means, they should have one," says resident Donna Trias.

However, not everyone in New Jersey agrees with the proposal.

News 12 New Jersey viewer Richard Galvin wrote on Facebook, "If you are in this country undocumented, you shouldn't be afforded rights and privileges of tax paying American citizens."

Jersey City Council President Rolando R. Lavarro introduced the measure. He expects it will pass at a council meeting Wednesday night. If approved, Jersey City would be the eighth municipality to pass this type of resolution.

Ten other states, and Washington D.C. already have this policy in place.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

From left to right: New Jersey State Trooper 1 New Jersey state troopers help deliver baby on I-287
Ruben Mondalto was able to wander away from 2 Toddler wanders away from Sayreville day care
The Pascack Valley High School girls lacrosse team 3 HS lacrosse team 'adopts' 8-year-old fighting brain cancer
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 4 New Jersey Weather Forecast
Sea Cliff's Troy Ramey was voted off 'The 5 Elisa's Entertainment for 4/26

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE