The City Council in Los Angeles has approved the issuance of a special form of ID to residents in the city regardless of immigration status. The card combines a unique set of features, including doubling as a prepaid debit card. The card is aimed at alleviating the widespread lack of financial service access and to potentially reduce crime.
A plan for Los Angeles to offer identification cards to residents, irrespective of immigration status, moved forward after a vote from the city council. A broad coalition of immigrant rights groups joined community and faith-based organizations to push the council to support -- by 12 to 1 -- the plan to solicit proposals for the city card.
The card is meant primarily for residents of the city who lack or have difficulty accessing ID and may not have financial services, such as a bank account. That includes transgender individuals, foster youth, and the poor or homeless, as well as undocumented immigrants.