At State House Vigil, Faith Groups to Fast for Immigrant Driver’s Licenses

Organizers from Faith in New Jersey at the state house

Organizers from Faith in New Jersey at the state house

TRENTON – On the first day of what demonstrators said would be a full week of fasting and prayer, members of several faith-based groups gathered in front of the state house Monday morning to urge the Senate’s action on a bill to offer a new class of driver’s license to undocumented immigrants.

“We have been organizing and advocating for this legislation for over one year. Last November 16th, over 1000 community members came to the State House to witness a historic vote when the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee voted in favor of our bill,” said Carmela Alza of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newark.

The vigils follow a prayer meeting last week in front of Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) office in last week in West Deptford. The licenses, which would be ineligible as a point of  ID for out-of-state and air travel, could face unexpected opposition Senate members vote hard line on security in the wake of the San Bernardino and Paris shootings.

“We are praying for Senate and Assembly Leadership to make this bill a priority by allowing a floor vote before the current session ends,” Alza added.

At State House Vigil, Faith Groups to Fast for Immigrant Driver’s Licenses