Thursday, November 27, 2014   

NYC to create municipal ID card
(07-11 11:02)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed a legislation to create a municipal ID card for all New York City residents regardless of their immigration status.
The City will immediately initiate implementation of the program, with a goal of launching a new identification card in January 2015, and the card will be issued at no cost for applicants during the program's first year.
The legislation paves the way for the creation of the country's largest municipal identification card system for all residents who meet the program's proof of identity and city residency requirements.
In particular, they are expected to help the estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants who live in New York be then able to provide an ID required to receive certain government services.
De Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said that New York was willing to act even as Washington appears paralyzed by the tens of thousands of migrants who have crossed the Mexican border and overwhelmed social service facilities in Texas, California and Arizona.
"We cannot accept a city where some of our residents are forced to live fearfully in the shadows, unable to visit their child's school or sign a lease," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"Today, this legislation will begin to provide New Yorkers with the dignity and peace of mind they deserve."
The mayor said that New York City is also working toward having the ID be recognized by banks, as well as connecting the ID with stores, restaurants, cultural institutions, discounts and other incentive programs.
According to the legislation, the City will protect the confidentiality of all municipal ID card applications, and will not ask applicants about their immigration status. --Xinhua   
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