Should The City Of El Paso Issue ID Cards To Illegal Immigrants?
New York City has a municipal ID card program that cost them $8 million dollars to implement. The City of El Paso is considering doing the same thing.
City reps heard from the Border Human Rights Network this week who told them that transgender people, the homeless and illegal aliens don't have access to ID cards, and a card issued by the City would help them identify themselves to entities such as law enforcement.
Opponents of the ID cards say issuing them to illegal aliens would only encourage more illegal immigration. City officials are going to study the idea of issuing ID cards and report back to City Council in the next few weeks. It's not known how much it would cost taxpayers to start up the program, or how much it would cost each year to maintain it.
There is also the question of whether the cards would be used only for identification purposes, or if they would give holders access to city services.