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New SF ID Cards for Residents

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  • Christopher Lepe
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 16, 2007

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      > Tuesday, November 13, 2007 (SF Chronicle) New SF ID cards for residents
      > - whether in the country legally or not Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff
      > Writer

      > (11-13) 15:56 PST San Francisco - --
      > The Board of Supervisors voted today to make San Francisco the largest
      > U.S. city to issue municipal identification cards to its residents,
      > regardless of whether or not they are in the country legally.
      > Supervisor Tom Ammiano, the legislation' s author, said the availability
      > of identification cards is a smart public safety measure because it
      > would make residents living on the social margins of San Francisco more
      > likely to seek the help of police and could give them more access to
      > banking services.
      > "People are afraid to report crimes," Ammiano said, referring to illegal
      > immigrants who
      avoid local law enforcement authorities over fear of
      > being arrested or deported by federal immigration officials.
      > The legislation would require companies doing business with San
      > Francisco to accept the municipal card as a legitimate form of
      > identification - except in cases where other state and federal laws
      > require other forms of proof of age, name and residence.
      > Under San Francisco 's sanctuary ordinance, it already is city policy
      > that no municipal government personnel or resources may be used to
      > assist federal immigration officials in the arrest and deportation of
      > illegal immigrants.
      > Ammiano said banking institutions in San Francisco have signaled their
      > willingness to accept the municipal ID card for the purpose of setting
      > up accounts. He noted that
      people without bank accounts are frequently
      > more vulnerable to theft and robbery.
      > The legislation, which was approved 10-1 on the first of two readings,
      > has the support of Mayor Gavin Newsom. Supervisor Sean Elsbernd voted
      > against the measure, noting afterward that his opposition was primarily
      > financial in that the city doesn't know how much implementing the
      > program will cost.
      > The city of New Haven , Conn. , began issuing municipal identification
      > cards earlier this year.
      > Supporters of tougher enforcement of U.S. immigration laws argue that
      > local identification card programs have the effect of legitimizing the
      > decisions of people who entered or have remained in the country
      > illegally and make it more
      difficult for the federal government to
      > enforce those laws.
      > E-mail Wyatt Buchanan at wbuchanan@sfchronic le.com.
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