Los Angeles to Adopt New Haven’s Municipal ID Card

October 25th, 2012

What began as a ground-breaking initiative in New Haven by Mayor John DeStefano looks like it has the makings of a movement. Los Angeles is the latest city to announce it will adopt a municipal ID card for all Angelenos, including undocumented residents, to provide access to city services as well as banking.

Writes the New York Times:

” The Los Angeles ID cards, like those in some other cities, will also function like a prepaid debit card for those who want one. City officials estimate that more than 12 percent of residents do not keep their money in a bank, in many cases because they cannot open a bank account without ID. Instead, they carry around large sums of cash, which renders them targets for robbery, activists said.”

In July 2007,  the Elm City Residence Card was launched in New Haven, available to all citizens regardless of immigration status.  There are similar municipal ID cards in Oakland and San Francisco.

Source: “IDs for Illegal Immigrants Take a Step in Los Angeles,” New York Times (October 16, 2012)

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