New York City is poised to approve the creation of municipal identification cards that would allow immigrants living in the country illegally to access key city services they were previously unable to obtain.
The City Council will vote Thursday to create the New York City Identity Card, Democratic Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito told the Associated Press on Monday. The card will be available to New Yorkers who can prove their identity and residence in the city's five boroughs.
The mayor, a longtime ally of Ms. Mark-Viverito, set aside more than $8 million in his executive budget for the creation of the program.
The card will also offer yet-to-be-determined incentives to encourage immigrants who have legal residency status to obtain them, Ms. Mark-Viverito's spokesman said. Advocates say they believe benefits, such as perhaps restaurant or museum discounts, will popularize the ID card and prevent a stigma from emerging around it.