New Jersey Cities Give Illegal Immigrants IDs
MAY 17, 2010
While states and local governments nationwide enact imperative measures to curb illegal immigration, two
The cards are essential, Latino rights advocates say, because they allow illegal aliens to get medical treatment at taxpayer-funded clinics, borrow books from local libraries, cash checks and access other public services offered by the cities or counties they live in. Without a government-issued photo identification, these things are usually off limits to undocumented immigrants.
So Princeton and
The Trenton Community ID Card is accepted by all local and county law enforcement agencies, public schools, public health facilities, city parks and swimming pools and some banks and private businesses. Not all will accept the card initially, according to a warning attached to a colorful brochure touting the card. It also features a hotline to report “difficulties” that may arise if a law enforcement agent rejects the card’s validity.
The Princeton ID cards, which will start being issued next week, will also be accepted by local law enforcement officers as well as all public facilities. The town’s police chief claims the new cards will provide authorities with “valuable information.” For example, the chief said, if a person gets banged up in an accident or needs a translator all the information on the card helps police and the victim.
The push continues under a new governor even though the majority of
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