New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, continues to reject the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to have access to driver’s licenses. Governor Christie claims that issuing undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses is a danger to Homeland Security and believes that some undocumented immigrants will use assumed names to obtain the licenses.
Interestingly enough, the state of New Jersey has the fourth largest percentage of undocumented immigrants in their workforce. Although Christie has refused to allow undocumented immigrants to acquire driver’s licenses, he has implemented the DREAM Act which gives undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition. Christie has also teamed up with other governors to prevent President Barrack Obama’s executive action which would allow undocumented immigrants the right to temporary work permits and driver’s licenses.
Some argue that allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license has safety and monetary benefits. Driver’s licenses encourage public safety because driving skills are tested. Issuing licenses to undocumented immigrants will create additional revenue for the state through increased economic participation.
Critics of denying undocumented immigrants the right to a driver’s license argue that it does not discourage immigrants from entering the country illegally, but it does pose a large threat to safety because undocumented immigrants are forced to hide from society. By denying undocumented immigrants the right to obtain a driver’s license, there is an increase in insurance rates, unsafe driving conditions, and more people who must be tried within the court system.
Being an undocumented immigrant in the United States, more specifically New Jersey, is not easy. Undocumented immigrants face significant hurdles, which include denial of the right to obtain a driver’s license. This impedes undocumented immigrants from being accepted into society, which then forces them to live below the radar. It is integral to public safety that undocumented immigrants should be permitted to obtain a driver’s license.
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