LA mayor considering City ID card for undocumented immigrants
United States, 15th October: Los Angeles Mayor is considering the plan of having Identity Cards for immigrants living here.
According to Antiono Villaraigosa, LA(Los Angeles) Mayor, undocumented immigrants living in LA should be issued government ID(identification) cards.
Official ID card--Millions could gain access to US banking services—If the plan by LA Mayor materializes, it will provide millions of immigrants living in LA access to American banking services soon. And this is certainly a great piece of news for immigrants.
LA Mayor has proposed creation of a city ID card for immigrants by the US government that could double up as a prepaid ATM card for bank account. And the proposal is also being considered to have bank accounts for those wanting to make use of library card as a debit card too.
The requirement for gaining such official City ID cards in LA will be showing a proof of their US residency irrespective of immigration status in the US, affirms Mayor Villaraigosa. LA has nearly 4.3 million immigrants as per recent records.
Eligibility criteria for ID card—Applicants for ID cards will have to fulfill strict eligibility criteria, affirmed the office of the LA Mayor.
The ID card under proposal will have a name, photograph and the address of the concerned individual. It will be quite similar to a student ID and will also include height, weight and hair and eye color.
However, whether or not such ID card be substituted for a driver’s license or not is being considered, maintained the office of the LA Mayor. Nonetheless, thousands of legal residents not having an identification including a driver’s license in LA will gain from the program, the office confirmed.
Plan will reduce crime—Supporters of the plan by LA Mayor are all praises for this welcoming news. Enabling immigrants in LA open accounts in the banks will lead to significant reduction in the crime incidents because people won’t need to carry cash all the time.
Use of ID cards in LA will also put a check on robberies and scams among constituents not using banks, informed Councilman Richard Alarcon. In addition, it will also provide immigrants living in Los Angeles gain access to city services.
Immigrants will also feel secured while identifying themselves before law enforcement officers, feel supporters of the plan.