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If Antonio Villaraigosa, the Mayor of Los Angeles, gets his way, identification cards in the city will also work as prepaid ATM cards. With critics and proponents in heated debate over the situation, this will definitely be an interesting proposal to follow.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is pushing a plan to create an official city photo identification card that could double as a prepaid ATM card and help immigrants get access to banking services.
The initiative could reduce crime because fewer people would have to carry cash, but critics say it's another ill-advised City Hall effort to accommodate illegal immigrants.
The idea for the city ID card originated in his office, the mayor said, as part of previous efforts to help immigrants open bank accounts so they wouldn't become targets of crime.