New York City lawmakers are introducing a bill that would provide city residents living in all five boroughs with municipal identification cards, which would give illegal aliens a photo identification.
They say that under the new law, City agencies would be required to accept the card, making it easier for New Yorkers to access City services where identification is required. Applicants would have to provide proof of residency and identity to obtain the card.
The proposed legislation would also require that the card be designed to deter fraud, much like a driver’s license or passport.
Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement Wednesday saying he was “extremely [pleased” with the legislation.
“Having an official form of identification will bring dignity and peace of mind to many fellow residents currently living in the shadows,” the statement read.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, along with Council Members Carlos Menchaca and Daniel Dromm, announced the proposed legislation on Tuesday.
Mark-Viverito says the identity cards will provide broader access to City services, foster better community relations, and help bring stability to all residents.