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Maplewood Officials Join ‘Let’s Drive NJ’ to Bring Driver’s Licenses to Immigrants

2018 Maplewood Township Committee: Dean Dafis, Nancy Adams, Mayor Vic DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee and Greg Lembrich

Let’s Drive NJ is a coalition of dozens of “community, faith, labor, social service and advocacy organizations” in New Jersey working to allow all qualified New Jerseyans to obtain a driver’s license without regard to immigration status.

Now, the Maplewood Township Committee is a part of that coalition.

On Tuesday, August 7, the Township Committee — including Mayor Vic DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee, and Committee members Greg Lembrich, Nancy Adams and Dean Dafis — voted unanimously to sign on with Let’s Drive NJ.

According to the Let’s Drive NJ website, “Too often, otherwise qualified drivers face barriers to obtaining a license — vulnerable populations like undocumented immigrants, survivors of violence, transgender individuals and senior citizens are particularly impacted. Twelve states and Washington, D.C. have expanded access to drivers licenses to qualified drivers, regardless of immigration status. New Jersey is poised to join these states. Doing so would increase public safety, help the state’s economy and increase the well-being of all families – particularly the hundreds of thousands who will gain access to a driver’s license.”

Coalition members argue that the initiative would lead to less New Jerseyans breaking the law (driving kids to school or driving to work with a license instead of without), would boost the economy (more New Jerseyans able to travel for work and education), and would increase the collection of motorists’s fees, providing another economic boon to the state.

Find more information on Let’s Drive NJ here

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