Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District blasted the Senate Transportation Committee’s passage of legislation which would create a second tier of New Jersey driver’s licenses for those who have entered the country illegally.
Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe blasted the Senate Transportation Committee’s passage of legislation which would create a second tier of New Jersey driver’s licenses for those who have entered the country illegally. (NJMVC)
Due to a recent surgery, Senator Holzapfel was not in attendance at the Senate Transportation Committee meeting but stated he would vote against the bill when it is voted on by the full Senate.
“There are serious flaws with this legislation that could ultimately allow undocumented immigrants from other states to come into New Jersey and get a driver’s license,” said Senator Holzapfel. “The current system requires New Jersey residents to provide extensive paperwork in order to drive on our roads. Why are we accommodating people who are knowingly breaking the law? This bill is an outrage and a political statement by the Governor, who continues to put the interests of undocumented immigrants before those of the taxpaying residents of this state.”
According to the bill, S-3229, an applicant would not need to state their legal status. Additionally, it provides a loophole for those who do not have a social security number.
The legislators expressed their belief that the legislation is another step in Governor Murphy’s effort to turn New Jersey into a sanctuary state.
“This legislation does not address the concern that allowing undocumented immigrants to get a New Jersey license could lead to increased voter fraud, ID fraud, and bank fraud,” added Assemblyman McGuckin. “I am appalled that our state wants to reward those who are living in this country illegally at the expense of our taxpayers.”
“New Jersey is a diverse and welcoming state, but allowing undocumented immigrants the ability to obtain a driver’s license goes too far,” added Assemblyman Wolfe. “Our federal immigration laws are in place for a reason, and willfully disregarding them puts the lives of our residents and nation in danger.”