NJ mulls illegal immigrant license issue

April 5, 2009 3:36:32 PM PDT
Undocumented immigrants like Alejandro Chavez hope New Jersey finds a way to issue driver's licenses for people who don't have legal residency in the U.S. Chavez worked in the apple orchards of Washington, one of only four states that issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Now he works on a New Jersey horse farm and can't drive legally.

A state panel wants driving privileges be extended to undocumented workers. But Gov. Jon Corzine says it's up to the federal government to set standards for acceptable identification.

Chavez says denying illegal immigrants the privilege to drive ignores the economic contributions of the state's nearly half a million undocumented immigrants.

Opponents argue illegal immigrant licensing can undermine security and reward law breaking.


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