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L.A. Mayor Pushing ID Cards for Illegal Immigrants

October 15, 2012  | 

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A City Council committee on Tuesday is scheduled to consider a plan backed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for a city photo-identification card that would help illegal immigrants get access to banking services.

"It will be an official ID," Villaraigosa said in a recent interview.

Critics said Villaraigosa's proposal is the latest indication that Los Angeles leaders are taking an increasingly supportive view of undocumented immigrants as they encourage them to join in the city's civic life.

If approved, Los Angeles would join San Francisco and Oakland who now provide city identification to illegal immigrants.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

Comments (16)

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[email protected] @ 10/15/2012 1:36 PM

Yeah, great idea! And how will the city verify that the info given is fact? Having run into many name changes and aliases from illegals it's damn near impossible to check as the Mexican officials seem to delight in everybody having two or three or even four name arrangements. Try getting any kind of quick response on an ID from south of the border. Blues, stay safe.

michael @ 10/15/2012 5:58 PM

Yea, and we are going to give them free housing, free food, free medical, free education, free legal services and free money. I forgot, we already do that?

RICHARD @ 10/15/2012 6:35 PM


DEADMAN @ 10/16/2012 12:49 AM

What a complete waste,of money effort,manpower,if i managed a bank or business,i would not honor them,from any of the cities.There is no way to verify the information,you need a new mayor and council in each one of these cities.Is obama going to give them unemployment.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 10/16/2012 6:40 AM

I can picture the future in LA now.....You have to have a special ID card to get 'into' the city limits if you are not a latin type person. Signs will say ''whites need not apply'...

JM @ 10/16/2012 7:28 AM

I say fine, give them ID's. But if they want them they should have to provide prints, pictures, and DNA...

gocali @ 10/16/2012 8:00 AM

why don't we make CA an all illegal immigrant state and support it with federal funds. only all the illegals in the US can live there and i'm all the illegals no matter what nationality. that would clear up all the other states of their immigration problems.

gocali @ 10/16/2012 8:02 AM

missing word is saying

S.S @ 10/16/2012 8:27 AM

THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEA. But if they go through with it. Then I agree with JM. Make them providE prints, picture, DNA, and birth certificate.

Rick @ 10/16/2012 8:30 AM

The illegals here in CA already have consular cards, fake SS cards, fake driver's licenses and fake green cards. I now work in the private security sector and my employer started checking ID's. We kicked out half of the gardeners alone, plenty of housekeepers and many others that were discovered to be illegal. I got Lasercards to make the first civilian Green Card authenticator to check for valid green cards because we had so many fakes. It was only $1000 and if the card doesn't fit or read, they don't get an ID card for our facility.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/16/2012 8:38 AM

Kinda sounds like Russia. "Papers please"

Steve @ 10/16/2012 10:28 AM

Ima Leprechaun, , this really sounds like we Americans want only Legal people in OUR Country, We want them to come thru just like my Grat Grandparents did many years ago, I don't think that's to much to ask do you really, if you do then you are the Problem and not any of the solution. Liberals along with Californis and Obama will kill this Country, and then you Ima Leprechaun will know Russia first hand.

John @ 10/16/2012 1:06 PM

U.S. citizens should wake up, quit being mindless sheep and start fighting for privacy/anti identity theft rights. I think our social security number (s.s.n.) should be used only for federal income tax and social security benefit purposes. But, we are required to give our social security number to obtain a bank account, safe deposit box, credit card (even a pre paid one), driver license, passport, state issued occupational license, fishing or hunting license (at least in Washington), etc. Also, employers often require your s.s.n. pre hire for criminal background and credt checks.
In regards to the above article, is it surprising that a Mexican mayor wants to help his wet back buddies? More future voters for the Democrat Party (under an Obama amnesty program).

john @ 10/16/2012 1:58 PM

I’m confused. I thought that I knew what illegal meant. But, I have been wrong all this time. Are illegals a protected class?

spider314 @ 10/16/2012 6:26 PM

I'll go out on a limb and suggest that Mayor Villaraigosa, may be more that simpathetic. I'm guessing he is the mayor of LA more for the color of his skin rather than his political ideals. None the less, it's been said many times and many ways. They are illegal for a reason, good luck varifing their provided information. Here in the midwest we see all kinds of supposed ID's and the person gets upset when we don't honor anything but State or Federal issued. Then again how many of those do we come across that are fake. This country is on a collision course and it's going to blow up sooner rather than later.

Eric @ 10/17/2012 12:15 PM

Time for a federal "Illegal in the states" statute with enforcement before the majority is out numbered by the illegals.

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