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Undocumented persons will be able to obtain professional licenses in New Jersey

“Immigration status can no longer be used as an excuse to discriminate against qualified persons”

Undocumented immigrants will be able to obtain a professional or occupational license under legislation enacted yesterday by the Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy.

The bill would benefit about 500 thousand residents undocumented in the state, who will now be able to access professional licenses in areas of health, counseling and cosmetology, among other.

“New Jersey is strongest when everyone has the opportunity to contribute and everyone has the opportunity to live their American Dream,” said Governor (D) Murphy. “This law sends a simple and powerful message that immigration status can no longer be used as an excuse to discriminate between equally educated, trained and qualified people ”.

The New Jersey Assembly passed the legislation on July 30 with a vote of 47 in favor and 26 against. It had previously been validated by the state Senate on June 29, 26-11.

Estella Rivas, a pre-med student at Rutgers University, explained how the new law can help, especially amidst the coronavirus outbreak and economic recovery.

“As an aspiring physician, I faced barriers to pursuing a career in medicine due to my immigration status at a time when our state needs us most,” Rivas told Pix11. “Today, I no longer have to look from the sidelines, I can get my degree and be there to help our most vulnerable New Jerseyans.”