New Jersey to allow illegal immigrants to obtain professional licenses

Securing employment these days is hard enough with the coronavirus. But, in one state it is about to get even harder.

Fox News reports that New Jersey officials have passed a piece of legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain professional and occupational licenses. 

It’s going to happen

The bill was passed by the New Jersey legislature on Thursday. Now, all that is left is the signature of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), and that’s not going to be a problem.

According to Alyana Alfaro, a spokesperson for the governor, Murphy “believes that immigrants are a critical part of the fabric of life in New Jersey, and that they should not face unnecessary barriers as they seek to participate in our society and economy.”

The bill will go into effect immediately once Murphy signs it.

That’s not right

The problems with this piece of legislation were pointed out by the Federation for Immigration and Reform (FAIR).

“Allowing those in the country illegally to get occupational or professional licenses takes jobs away from American citizens and legal immigrants,” Shari Randall, FAIR’s state and local engagement director, explained in a statement.

She continued: “Already there are more than 1.3 million unemployed individuals in New Jersey who are suffering as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns. Providing occupational or professional licenses to those in the country illegally incentivizes more illegal immigration. With high unemployment, the legislative focus should have been targeted to unemployed citizens and legal immigrants in New Jersey who desperately need to go back to work, instead of encouraging more illegal immigration.”

In addition to all of this, Randall also argued that the bill is simply illegal.

“Under 8 U.S.C. § 1621 illegal aliens are precluded from receiving commercial and professional licenses. Illegal aliens have no legal right to remain in the United States and are prohibited from being employed,” she said.

What now?

This week, we can expect Murphy to sign this bill into law. Then, it is likely that it will be legally challenged. That is something we’ll have to keep an eye on.

But, for now, it looks like Americans in New Jersey are going to have to compete in the job market against illegal immigrants thanks, as usual, to the Democrats in power.

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