Following the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ decision to officially urge the legislature to pass bills A4425 and S2925, which would make it easier for undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, incumbent Assemblymen Sam Fiocchi and Bob Andrzejczak are saying the resolution is a mistake.
“We strongly disagree with the decision by Cumberland County to pass a resolution in support of giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants,” said Fiocchi and running mate Freeholder Jim Sauro in a statement.
“We won’t fix the immigration mess in this country by rewarding illegal behavior. This will only incentivize more undocumented workers to pour over our borders in violation of our laws,” they continued, citing the bill and another measure to offer undocumented students in-state tuition.
In a joint statement, Andrzejczak and running mate Bruce Land echoed the sentiment that the law would effectively reward breaking the law.
“Drivers’ licenses must be reserved only for those who have the legal status to live and work in our country,” they said. “At our very core, we are a nation of laws, and those laws must be followed. We strongly disagree with our Freeholders’ decision to act on a resolution that runs counter to the laws of our nation.”
The vote saw bipartisan support on the board, and comes after testimony from local undocumented families, who say that their livelihoods depend on being able to drive.