According to one legal analyst, it is hypocritical of California
officials to work to implement policies and perks that make it
easier for illegal immigrants to break the law.
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a plan to give
illegal immigrants the ability to use their library cards as valid
ID to open bank accounts and apply for other services. It would
work like a debit card that includes library access.
Los Angeles Times
reports that the city council has voted to study the option, which
would accommodate the city's large immigrant population. But Ken
Klukowski, fellow and senor legal analyst with The
American Civil Rights Union, says the effort is not
"In their politics, despite the fact that it is even
inconsistent with federal law, they will then go off in their own
direction and insist on the ability of the states to be able to do
all sorts of things," he comments. "So, in essence, it is we
favor federal power if the states want to crack down on illegal
immigration, but we favor state power if the state wants to go easy
on illegal immigration."
The ID card would include the username, address, and a
photograph of the individual and would be issued at libraries in
the city. Cardholders would only have to prove they are a Los
The LA Times notes that the cards would not replace driver's
licenses and would not protect illegals from deportation.