(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/19/2019) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), today welcomed Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of legislation that expands access to driver’s licenses for undocumented state residents.

This week, the state Democrat-led Assembly and Senate passed the measure after lawmakers delayed considering the bill until after last month’s election. Governor Murphy signed the bill today.

Thirteen states, including Delaware and New York, and the District of Columbia permit immigrants without legal status to obtain driver’s licenses.


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SEE: NJ Governor Phil Murphy Signs Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants Get Licenses


SEE: NJ legislators OK licenses for undocumented immigrants, send bill to Gov. Phil Murphy



In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“As a civil rights organization, we welcome this historic legislation expanding access to driver’s licenses to all New Jerseyans, regardless of immigration status. We thank the Let’s Drive NJ coalition partners — including Make the Road NJ, Faith in NJ — and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Senator Vitale for their leadership.

“The new law is the embodiment of dignity and respect for all people regardless of immigration status. We are excited to have New Jersey join a growing number of states that share in this progressive sentiment and celebrate this victory for the expansion of rights to state residents.”

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.



CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-668-5900, smaksut@cair.com