Phil Murphy is expected to sign legislation passed in the State Assembly Thursday that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain professional and occupational licenses in the state, raising concerns about the supply of jobs during a pandemic.
Approved by the State Assembly, the bill would immediately take effect if signed by Murphy.
"Allowing those in the country illegally to get occupational or professional licenses takes jobs away from American citizens and legal immigrants," said FAIR State and Local Engagement Director Shari Randall.
The bill touches on a long-standing issue surrounding Democratic states taking steps that make it easier for illegal immigrants to participate in the economy.
Like other states, New Jersey approved a bill that allowed illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses.