City lawmakers to provide undocumented immigrants with ID cards

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – During the voting process to provide undocumented immigrants with ID cards, New York City councilman Dan Goradnick stated that “the reason we are here today is because of failed immigration policy.”

It was a dig at Washington and there is no doubt that the New York City Council sent a major message to lawmakers in our nation’s capital, by becoming the nation’s largest city to provide undocumented immigrants with an ID card.

One of the co-sponsors of the bill Carlos Menchaca, a first-term Mexican-American councilman from Brooklyn, says that this will help families in a variety of area such as banking, employment, schools.

More importantly it will lift a cloud of deportation fears that many live of under.

Of course it is interesting to note that this is a city built by immigrants and the impact of other nations can be seen in neighborhoods throughout the city.

In fact some members pointed out that the city is able to operate because of the impact of Latino workers in all areas.

At a news conference, PIX11 News asked City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito about the message this sends to other cities across the nation.

“We want to serve as a model for other municipalities.  We want to see other municipalities really embrace this concept and let others know in their respective cities that everyone that lives in that city regardless of who they are is welcome an that is the key message of this ID card.”

Critics of the bill feel that disagreements within financial institutions make this challenging overall because there is no guarantee that all banks will accept the ID cards.

The bill goes to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his signature. He released the following statement late Thursday:

“Every New Yorker deserves an official identification that allows them to prove who they are and access core services. I thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilmembers Daniel Dromm and Carlos Menchaca, and the entire City Council for quickly enacting this critical legislation, and all of the advocates who have worked so hard to make community voices heard. The municipal ID is more than just a card – it provides New Yorkers who are currently living in the shadows with dignity and peace of mind. My administration is fully ready to develop this plan and to swiftly implement a secure and accessible Municipal ID Card program.”

New York now tops Los Angeles for the largest city with undocumented immigrants ID cards.