(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - 11/27/18) - The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) is calling on the New Jersey Muslim community to support the Assembly bill A4743 and the Senate bill S3229, which give all New Jerseyans access to a driver’s license regardless of their citizenship status.
CAIR-NJ Action Alert: Tell NJ Lawmakers to Support Expanded Access to Drivers Licenses
In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act which sets out strict guidelines for all state issued I.D. to be accepted for federal purposes including entering federal buildings or boarding planes. Most state-issued IDs are not compatible with the Real ID act, and therefore states around the country have passed laws to make their licenses and IDs compliant with the Real ID Act.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is set to implement the Real ID Act in New Jersey in 2019 by issuing a new license for Real ID Act purposes.
Since its inception, the Real ID Act has raised issues of privacy and access, with many in vulnerable communities facing increasing barriers to being able to get a driver’s license and state ID.
Additionally, many residents have concerns that their personal documents will be scanned and entered into a government database as it is required for REAL ID Act compliance. This issue is particularly important for the undocumented community who are facing the harshest anti-immigrant environment in the last several decades.
SEE: It Is Time For New Jersey to License Undocumented Drivers
However, though the Real ID Act has stringent requirements, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security does allow states to continue issuing limited licenses and ID cards as alternatives to the licenses for REAL ID Act purposes. These IDs however can only be used in-state and would not allow individuals access to federal buildings or to air travel.
Bill A4743 & S3229 will ensure that the NJ MVC can also issue a limited, alternative driver’s license option allowing qualified residents to be able to access a license and identification card.
“Every New Jersey resident should be able to have access to a driver’s license or state-issued ID,” said CAIR-NJ Legislative Director Jay Rehman. “This bill will give members of many of the most vulnerable communities -- who may not have access to required documents to obtain a Real ID -- the ability to obtain a New Jersey identification card.”
CAIR-NJ has joined the Let’s Drive New Jersey campaign in their support of this bill.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CAIR New Jersey Action Alert:
Tell Congress to Protect Free Speech, Oppose Unconstitutional 'Israel Anti-Boycott Act'
(South Plainfield, 8/3/2017) – The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today called on all citizens of New Jersey who value the Constitution to contact their elected representatives in Congress to urge them to oppose the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act."
CAIR and other civil rights organizations say that proposed legislation would violate the constitutionally-guaranteed free speech rights of American business owners and individuals who participate in the international boycott of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine territories.
Boycotts during the Civil Rights era in the US, such as the Montgomery Bus boycott against segregation or the boycott of companies enabling South African Apartheid have been employed successfully in support of civil and human rights and as an integral part of our political process.
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR CONGRESSPERSON:
The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720/H.R.1697) is a threat to the free speech of all Americans and is clearly unconstitutional. The act would charge those American business owners and individuals who participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement with criminal penalties resulting in up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and in the U.S. House by Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA), Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Brad Sherman (D-CA), the act has gained 45 co-sponsors in the Senate and 240 in the House.
The New Jersey elected officials who have co-sponsored this bill are as follows:
Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5]
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]
Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1]
Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7]
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]
Rep. LoBiondo, Frank A. [R-NJ-2]
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]
Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11]
Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3]
If you live in the above districts, please contact your Representative right away.
Dear community members and friends,
On Friday evening President Donald Trump signed Executive Orders targeting visas issued to Muslims from certain countries and refugees.
On Saturday evening a Federal Judge granted a stay on deportations. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/28/federal-judge-stays-deportations-trump-muslim-executive-order
What you need to know right now:
Generally, non-citizens, including green card holders (lawful permanent residents), from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be restricted from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. Non-citizens from these countries who are presently in the U.S. should consult with an immigration attorney prior to any international travel
However, if you are a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) outside of the U.S. please reach out to an immigration attorney before you travel back to the U.S.
The refugee program is being halted immediately, for at least 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. The effort to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S. is being halted indefinitely
What you should do to protect yourself:
If you are non-citizen, even green card holders (lawful permanent residents), from one of the seven countries named above, and you are inside the U.S., please plan to delay all international travel for at least 90 days
If you are a non-citizen from one of the seven countries named above, and you are outside of the U.S., you may face issues at the airport. Please keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options. If you are facing an emergency at the airport or are coming home in the coming days, please have our number on hand (908-668-5900)
Whether you are a citizen or not, do not permit law enforcement to enter your home without a warrant. Even if they have a warrant, you should not speak to them without consulting with an attorney
What you can do to push back against this:
Call your members of Congress and the U.S. Senate at 202.224.3121 to ask them to speak out against anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry and oppose these Executive Orders
Write a letter of support for S.B. 31, which is critical legislation needed to protect against the creation of a Muslim registry.
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