Source: NJ Advance Media -
The Dover Board of Aldermen has passed a resolution saying immigrants in the country illegally should have access to driver’s licenses.
The resolution urges the state Legislature to adopt a similar measure so that it could be signed into a state law by Gov. Chris Christie.
State Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris) is one local legislator who definitely won’t be supporting the resolution.
“New Jersey should not be in the business of undermining federal law,” Carroll said.
The message to immigrants here illegally, Carroll added, should be “go home,” not “you can have driver’s licenses.”
Carroll said he has met many of the immigrants and “They are very nice folks. They’re good people. We just don’t have a place for them. They’re undercutting our jobs and wages.”
Mayor James Dodd, a supporter of the measure, called it a “win-win” for everyone in Dover, where more than 70 percent of the population is Hispanic.
“It’s a mechanism for us to give them proper identification,” Dodd pointed out. “They’re here working and paying taxes, so we might as well know where they live.”
Dodd said having driver’s licenses will help the immigrants with their “quality of life.” It will enable them to get to work legally and drive their children to school legally, he said.
Dover officially is listed as having about 20,000 residents, “but we all know it’s a lot more than that,” Dodd added.
He added that other communities with many immigrants, including Elizabeth, have passed similar resolutions.
Dodd acknowledged that some immigrants in the country illegally have international driver’s licenses they were issued in other countries, but to get a New Jersey license, one must be either a U.S. citizen or a legal resident of the United States.