LA plan to give illegal immigrants IDs moves ahead

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A plan to create Los Angeles photo-identification cards to help identify illegal immigrants has passed through a City Council committee and is moving closer to approval.

City News Service reports the plan backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was approved 3-0 Tuesday by the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee.

The plan will create a photo-ID that would act as a library card and a debit card, and it would be up to law enforcement to decide whether to recognize the cards as identification.

Councilman Richard Alarcon says the ID cards are necessary because federal government has failed to make significant reform in immigration policy and it’s undeniable that businesses and individuals are hiring illegal immigrants.

The plan now goes before the full council in about three weeks.

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