Monday, May 17, 2010
Movement to get ID cards for immigrants takes off
by Larry Geller
Compassion is not yet totally dead in this country:
As a new law in Arizona makes the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and spurs similar proposals in other states, Trenton is one of a small but growing number of municipalities that have moved in the opposite direction — making sure that illegal immigrants have documents to make their lives easier.
At least six city governments, including San Francisco and New Haven, now endorse or issue photo identification cards to residents. The latest is Princeton, N.J., where advocates for immigrants, with the consent of both the borough and the township, will begin issuing cards on May 22; other New Jersey communities have also expressed interest. Oakland, Calif., has approved a program but has not yet started issuing cards. [New York Times, In Trenton, Issuing IDs for Illegal Immigrants, 5/16/2010]