Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to give all New Yorkers access to a universal ID card, regardless of immigration status before the year’s end .
“To all of my fellow New Yorkers who are undocumented, I say: New York City is your home too, and we will not force any of our residents to live their lives in the shadows,” de Blasio said at Monday’s State of the City address.
The mayor first committed to the idea during his campaign to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who despite being a vocal advocate of immigrant communities never fully backed the proposal.
Supporters of the policy argue that a universal ID card benefits not only the residents who previously lacked access to certain services but improves relationships between city agencies and the immigrant community.
While the particulars of a universal New York City ID cards still need to be hammered out, immigrants previously lacking proper identification would gain access certain services mundane to New York City residents with government approved ID.
The new ID card could enable formerly unregistered residents to open bank accounts and sign leases, as well as apply for social services including public housing programs.
Yes, let's bend over backwards to help people who shouldn't be here in the first place.