Wednesday, February 12, 2014

IDs for the Undocumented in the Big Apple?



New York City may soon become the largest city in the country to offer residents, including undocumented immigrants, an identification card, making it easier to, for example, open up bank accounts. 

On Monday, Mayor Bill De Blasio made the proposal in his state of the city address:

“We will protect the almost half-million undocumented New Yorkers, whose voices too often go unheard. We will reach out to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status -- issuing municipal ID cards available to all New Yorkers this year -- so that no daughter or son of our city goes without bank accounts, leases, library cards…simply because they lack identification.

To all of my fellow New Yorkers who are undocumented, I say: New York City is your home too, and we will not force ANY of our residents to live their lives in the shadows.

La ciudad de Nueva York es el hogar de todos los que vivimos aqui. No dejaremos que ninguno de nuestros residentes viva en las sombras."

The proposal would need to be approved by the City Council. The Council's first Hispanic president, Melissa Mark-Viverito, has expressed her support for this kind of measure in the past.


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