Driver licenses for undocumented immigrants in New Jersey has always languished in the New Jersey legislature, but with a new Governor receptive to the idea, there are some new bills that appear to be gaining traction. Ironically, the impetus is New Jersey's need to comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. Currently, New Jersey driver licenses do not conform; and if not addressed by October 10, 2019, residents may soon find themselves unable to board planes or enter federal facilities, since federal officials will only accept REAL ID compliant documents. Information about REAL ID can be found here: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs.
One of the most common sources of anxiety for undocumented and out of status people is whether they can travel within the United States, particularly by air. By now, many people are hopefully more aware that international flights outside the US can seriously jeopardize their immigration status and incur devastating legal consequences such as the unlawful presence bar, which is triggered by a departure. What has not been so clear is whether someone with problematic immigration status can take a domestic flight inside the US without risking potential immigration problems. Despite anecdotal evidence, the conservative answer would be no, and many people have learned this lesson the hard way. And now, according to recent news reports that started coming out late last year, it appears that new measures to implement an already existing law may further complicate an "illegal" person's ability to fly outside his/her state of residence, even though immigration enforcement at the airports may not necessarily have been its intended result.