Activists on hunger strike to push New Jersey for licenses for unauthorized immigrants

A group wants to make sure the New Jersey Legislature understands the importance of licenses for people not in the country legally.

Fifteen members of a group called the Harvest Movement of New Jersey are participating in a hunger strike at the Communications Workers of America down the street from the Statehouse. Other members are spending a day or two but the group promises to stay round-the-clock until lawmakers vote. They also plan to walk to the State Street to meet with legislators to make sure they area aware of the strike.

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union, and state Sen. Joe Vitale, D-Middlesex, calls for allowing residents to either get a Real ID driver’s license that will permit individuals to board an airliner or enter a federal building, or what is being termed a “standard” license that would not require the “six points” of identifying documents.