Sunday, June 10, 2007

Aldermen approve ID cards for illegal immigrants, others

This seems like a good idea, these ID cards are only good in the city limits but lets people open bank accounts, get libray card, etc. DP

By Associated Press NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly approved a plan Monday night that would allow the city to issue identification cards for illegal immigrants and others. A packed chambers broke out into applause when the vote was tallied

The card would be recognized as official identification within city limits, allowing illegal immigrants to open bank accounts. By a vote of 25-1, the board agreed to accept more than $250,000 in private funds from the First City Fund Corporation to implement the so-called "Elm City Resident Cards," proposed by Mayor John DeStefano Jr.

"This card will allow all carriers to receive access to the services that they deserve as residents of New Haven," DeStefano said in a statement Monday night.

He said the new cards, which will be issued beginning in July, are also aimed at improving public safety. DeStefano many undocumented immigrants become victims of crime of robbery because thieves know they carry large amounts of cash with them or store it in their home. Without proper identification, they are unable to open bank accounts.

"By eliminating this barrier to banking services, we expect to make New Haven safe for all its residents," DeStefano said.
Be sure to read the rest of this story! This is only a small part of it.

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