City Council Passes Municipal ID Bill

Thursday, June 26, 2014

An immigrant rally in NYC (Michael Fleshman/flickr)

The push to create a New York City municipal identification card took a major step forward Thursday with an overwhelming passage by the City Council.

Councilman Carlos Menchaca, a sponsor of the bill, said the card has potential to change how immigrants live in New York.

“Something so historic for this city and really for the entire country when a municipality passes a municipal identification card program like this, at this scale, with the acceptance of the NYPD,” Menchaca said. “This is gonna send shock waves across the country.”

The Council wants to give the city’s estimated half-million immigrants who are here illegally a chance to access local government services, open bank accounts and sign leases by giving them a legal ID. But it will be up to Mayor de Blasio’s administration to negotiate with private institutions to ensure they accept the card as a valid form of ID before starting to issue it early next year.

The administration will also try to get businesses to offer discounts to card holders so that as many people as possible sign up.

“The key to success is that all New Yorkers see this as trendy, see this as part of their New York City pride," said Linda Sarsour, with the Arab-American Association of New York. "And see this as something that they want to have in their wallet to ensure it’s not a scarlet letter for undocumented immigrants."


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Comments [6]

BCJC Harlem NY from New York City

This is going a bridge too far. I don't know why we need a municipal identification card for illegals, or anyone else who resides here.
It can be used as a scarlet letter. To which municipal services will such a card give illegal residents access? This is wrong-headed thinking. Immigration is a national policy issue. We ought not try to balkanize it here in NYC.

Jun. 27 2014 12:29 PM

I really dont get this. If they are here illegally we should be voting on how to deport them or lead them citizenship. Why would we give them ID's to use municipal services that they aren't event paying taxes to support. What the heck is going on here? Am I missing something?

Jun. 27 2014 09:10 AM


Jun. 27 2014 08:40 AM
Paul from Manhattan

Mark, I'd be happy if NYC could just be its own state, separate from New York State.

Jun. 27 2014 08:05 AM
reece from ny

ILLEGAL ???? Discounts???? I must be missing something !

Jun. 27 2014 07:15 AM

Now all NYC has to do is start its own crypto-currency similar to bitcoin to go with these cards and we will be well on our way back to city states. Municipal IDs, municipal currency, hell, the NYPD is militarized enough it's basically a small army. This could be a glimpse of the future; maybe nation states were just an aberration of early modernity. With all the pain and suffering caused by nationalism it could be great if they go all the way. On the other hand if it's just a way for Walmart and McDonalds to bring undocumented immigrants onto the payroll to replace all those pesky $15 an hour minimum wage organizers, well that will just be sad.

Jun. 26 2014 11:38 PM

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