Temple Ner Tamid presents a forum on immigration rights: “Driving in Fear: An Immigrant’s Dilemma,” on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 p.m. The evening will feature best-selling author and journalist Dale Russakoff and a panel of experts who will explore benefits of pending New Jersey legislation which would permit qualified undocumented residents access to a driver’s license. Budd Mishkin, an award-winning journalist formerly of NY1, will moderate the panel.
The ability to drive a car can be essential to living in New Jersey. This leaves undocumented immigrants with a difficult choice: meeting their daily needs or risking arrest for driving without a license. The New Jersey legislature is considering legislation, supported by Let’s Drive NJ, to permit qualified New Jersey residents, who are undocumented, to obtain a driver’s license. Panelists will discuss how proposed legislation will meaningfully improve the lives of immigrants and their families. By enabling qualifying immigrant drivers to obtain a license, the legislation will contribute to safety on the roads for all.
Dale Russakoff, who has written extensively on issues facing undocumented residents, shared her thoughts on the event: “My reporting for ProPublica has made clear that local and state police officers turn large numbers of undocumented immigrant drivers over to ICE, holding them for hours without a warrant, simply because they do not have a license. The TNT forum offers an opportunity to explore the dimensions of this problem and how to address it.”
Rabbi Marc Katz stated “The Jewish tradition speaks no less than 36 times about caring for and welcoming the stranger because we know what it means to be strangers in new lands, trying to make a home for ourselves. Thus, it becomes our mandate to ensure that all people in our midst can care for themselves and their families and for us to take steps towards building that vision of a welcoming society”.
The event is free and open to the public. The forum is co-sponsored by Faith in New Jersey, the Montclair Clergy Association, the Reform Voice of New Jersey, Let’s Drive NJ and Make the Road NJ.
Let’s Drive Forum: Driving in Fear: An Immigrant’s Dilemma
February 5, 2019 at 7 PM.
Temple Ner Tamid, 936 Broad Street, Bloomfield