Undocumented immigrants are one step closer living beyond the shadows. On Tuesday, members of the Los Angeles City Council’s Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee unanimously agreed to move ahead and study a city program that would provide undocumented immigrants with an official city identification card. The Los Angeles Times called the decision a “key vote” to move ahead with the cards.
Councilman Ed Reyes, a member of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, told the L.A. Times it’s “about time” that L.A. residents, regardless of immigration status, have the ability to easily open bank accounts and access city services.
California has the highest number of undocumented immigrants in the country. San Francisco launched similar ID card efforts in 2009.