By Monsy Alvarado | December 19, 2019 | NorthJersey.com |
Immigrants in New Jersey without formal legal status will be allowed to get state driver’s licenses after Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill to do that Thursday, capping years of pressure from activists and supporters.
The bill signing came three days after the Assembly and Senate, both controlled by Democrats, passed the measure, which had been stalled despite months of demonstrations across the state. State officials have said they expect it will take at least a year before the actual licenses are issued.
Hundreds of immigrants, many who likely will benefit from the new law, cheered Murphy at Snyder Academy in Elizabeth, where nearly two years ago a coalition of organizations launched the Let’s Drive NJ campaign that aimed to get support for the controversial measure.
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