NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Lawmakers have agreed to create New York City identification cards residents could get regardless of their immigration statuses. The measure would add the nation’s biggest city to a growing roster of cities that have them.
The City Council voted Thursday to create municipal ID cards. The idea was among Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign promises.
The cards would be available to all city residents, but they’re aimed largely at helping the estimated 500,000 immigrants living illegally in the city. With the cards, they’d have government ID for opening bank accounts, signing leases or other tasks.