Friday, June 6, 2014
In the last decade, a growing number of U.S. cities have implemented municipal identification cards (IDs). Both advocates and critics call municipal IDs “documenting the undocumented.” IDs enable residents to access buildings and services, but are issued by municipalities rather than states. Conceptually, municipal IDs —and other state and local measures to regularize the lives of the unauthorized and to prevent deportations —derive from the 1980s “sanctuary city” movement. In 1979, Los Angeles was the first city to instruct local police not to determine the immigration status of residents. In the 2000s, interfaith leaders founded the “New Sanctuary Movement” to protest U.S. immigration enforcement policy.
Click the link above for teh rest of the report from the Center for Migration Studies.