“Every New Yorker deserves an official identification that allows them to prove who they are and access core services,” New York Mayor Bill DiBlasio said on Thursday. And that includes illegal aliens.
DiBlasio thanked the City Council for quickly enacting what he called “critical legislation” on Thursday. The vote was 43-3.
“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, ” DiBlasio said.
The new ID program for all illegal aliens who live within New York’s five boroughs — an estimated 500,000 of them — will allow them to open a bank account, sign a lease and get a library card. (And vote? some are asking.)
The card will include, at a minimum, the cardholder’s photo, name, date of birth, address, and an expiration date. “Applicants will be able to elect to include his or her self-designated gender,” the City Council said.
It doesn’t end there. New York City also plans to use taxpayer money to keep illegal alien families together. The city is the first jurisdiction in the nation to provide public legal defenders at no charge to illegal aliens who are facing deportation.
The Christian Science Monitor reported that on Wednesday, June 25, the New York City Council allocated $4.9 million of its budget for the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), which launched as a pilot program in 2013 with $500,000 of taxpayer money.
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