In Newark, New Jersey, police arrested over a dozen activists Thursday as they blocked downtown traffic in a sit-in protest demanding that all residents be eligible to receive driver’s licenses — including undocumented immigrants. This is one of the protesters, speaking as she joined a peaceful blockade of a Newark intersection.
Protester: “We’re here because the immigrant community in New Jersey has been waiting 15 years for access to a driver’s license. And enough is enough. And we need the New Jersey Legislature to pass this bill right now. This is a major reason why people are getting picked up by ICE, ending up deported and separated from their families.”
Thirteen U.S. states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., issue driver’s licenses regardless of a person’s immigration status.