A Los Angeles city panel took additional steps Tuesday to create a city Services Card that could be used as an identification and debit card by undocumented immigrants, according to the Los Angeles Daily News
The city’s Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee urged the City Council to authorize the selection of companies to help develop the local identity cards, which would be issued the Library Department. It plans to send a full report to the council within the next three weeks.
Councilman Richard Alarcon, who authored the proposal with the support of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said it was a response to the failure of the federal government to address illegal immigration, which he said has left “hundreds of thousands of people living in the shadows.”
Deputy Mayor Larry Frank also expressed support. “We believe this card will address the 200,000 people who are unbanked in the city and will help lead to a financial empowerment for these people,” he said.
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