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NJ Bill Would Give Illegal Immigrants Licenses

Feb 23, 2006 7:36 am US/Eastern
(1010 WINS) TRENTON, N.J. New Jersey Assemblyman Joseph Vas today is expected to introduce a proposal to create a ``New Jersey Driving Privilege'' card.

The document is essentially a driver's license for undocumented immigrants.

The bill from the Perth Amboy Democrat is similar to laws in about a dozen other states.

It has won praise from advocates who say many of New Jersey's approximately 300-thousand illegal immigrants are driving anyway -- making sure they pass a test is good for public safety.

The initiative also aims to get around the pending federal ``Real ID'' program.

That program -- starting in 2008 -- will require state motor vehicle departments to verify the legal residency of driver's license applicants.