An immigration enforcement organization says it shouldn't be the
role of the city of Los Angeles to help illegal immigrants break
federal laws by issuing them special ID cards.
As reported last month by OneNewsnow, the Los Angeles City
Council was considering a plan to allow illegal aliens the ability
to use their library cards as valid ID for opening bank accounts
and accessing other city services. This ID also offers a debit-card
Now the city is moving ahead with its so-called
"Universal City Services Card," following in the footsteps of San
Francisco and New Haven (Connecticut), cities that are already
issuing these IDs to individuals who are in the U.S. illegally.
Ira Mehlman is a spokesman for the Federation for
American Immigration Reform (FAIR). "It should not be the
position of the City of Los Angeles to go out and facilitate
somebody being in the country illegally and working here illegally
because it is a violation of federal law," he tells OneNewsNow.
Mehlman told a CBS radio affiliate in Los Angeles last
week that the plan - which he said would "very recklessly [ratify]
false identities" - also poses a potential national security threat
because those issuing the cards would have no idea who the people
are when they come forward.
The FAIR spokesman says it
is bad enough that Mexico and other countries have been issuing the
"Matricula Consular" ID cards to their citizens living illegally in
the U.S., without American cities also getting into what he
describes as a bogus ID card business.
"We can't control what the Mexican government does. They can
issue whatever documents they want," he remarks. "[But] it's up to
us to decide whether we want to honor those documents in this
country .... [And] we ought to be able to control what government
entities across the United States do."
Mehlman says it is the prerogative of the federal government to
issue valid green cards to those immigrants who are in the U.S.