With the election in the rearview mirror, NJ advocates renew call for driver’s licenses for immigrants

When Adriana Gomez was 2 years old, she moved to the United States from Mexico. Now, she is a full-time teacher in New Jersey.

She worries that she may lose her driver’s license if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is eliminated. The Supreme Court starts oral arguments for DACA’s future next week. That’s why it is crucial that New Jersey enshrine the right of immigrants to get driver’s licenses, she said.

“Without this license, I may lose my job. I will no longer be able to drive my father to his doctor’s appointments or to work,” she said.

Gomez was one of hundreds of people who rallied outside the Statehouse in Trenton on Thursday morning to push New Jersey lawmakers to join 13 other states and Washington, D.C., in extending driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.