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NYC considering identity card program

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Some New York City lawmakers are introducing a bill that would provide all city residents, including undocumented immigrants, with municipal identification cards.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca and Council Member Daniel Dromm are behind the legislation.

They say the New York City Identity Card will facilitate New Yorkers access to city services.

“This is a smart, humane policy that will help New Yorkers,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

The legislation would require the city to create the New York City Identity Card Program and the card would supposedly be designed to deter fraud.

Through this program, the city would offer a secure municipal identification card. Under the law, city agencies would be required to accept the card, making it easier for New Yorkers to use to access city services where identification is required.

Much like a license, applicants would have to provide proof of residency and identity to obtain the card. The legislation allows anyone who is a resident to get the card, meaning illegal aliens could get the card and receive city services.

Council member Daniel Dromm (D) said, “This legislation makes New York City a safer, more inclusive city.”

Under the proposed legislation, the city would be required to expand the benefits once implemented including working with banks and other public and private institutions to promote broad acceptance of the card.

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