Posted on October 6, 2005

City to Provide Legit Identification for Illegal Immigrants

AP, Oct. 4

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Mayor John DeStefano Jr. is suggesting that the city provide legal identification cards to illegal immigrants as part of a program to make city and other services more accessible.

DeStefano said Monday he wants to give illegal immigrants a legitimate form of ID so they can open bank accounts, prove their identity to police and access social services.

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But the suggested program would violate immigration laws, said Elise Marciano, leader of Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Control.

“You are not supposed to aid and abet illegal aliens,” she said. “They have no documents. They could give you any name. They could go and get 15 different ID cards with different names. How would you know?”

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