New York City Council Passes Municipal ID Legislation
New York lawmakers have agreed to create New York City municipal identification cards that residents can get regardless of their immigration status, according to The Associated Press.
The City Council voted Thursday to create the municipal ID card program, and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio supported the idea.
While the cards will be available to all city residents, they are mainly aimed at helping the estimated 500,000 immigrants living illegally in the city. With the cards, they would be able to open bank accounts or sign leases, among other activities requiring a government-issued ID. The card would cost approximately $10, with the fee waived for those who cannot afford it.
The new measure adds New York City to the list of cities already offering such cards, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Haven, Connecticut.