New York City is poised to approve the creation of municipal identification cards that would allow immigrants living in the country illegally to access key city services they were previously unable to obtain.
The City Council will vote Thursday to create the New York City Identity Card, Democratic Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito told the Associated Press on Monday. The card will be available to people who can prove their identity and residence in the nation’s largest city.
The program, long a favorite in the nation’s liberal circles, is aimed at providing documentation for the estimated 500,000 immigrants living illegally in New York. With the card, many of these immigrants will be able to show a form of government identification required to do things such as open a bank account, see a doctor, cash a check or sign a lease.
The law will create the largest municipal ID card program in the nation. It will put New York on a growing list of cities that have approved them, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Haven, Connecticut.
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