TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are set to discuss whether to issue legal driving cards to some immigrant residents.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora brings his proposal to the Assembly’s Transportation Committee on Thursday. Gusciora wants anyone who is eligible for deferred deportation status and a work permit to be able to acquire a driving card from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Eligible applicants are up to 30 years old and have been in the United States at least five years. They can’t have a criminal record and must have graduated from a U.S. high school or be a veteran.
The cards carry the same privileges as a driver’s license without compromising the security of the state’s driver’s license.
Illegal immigrants are not currently eligible for driver’s licenses.
The proposal is for discussion-only.
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