Idea of city ID cards gets support from Charlotte mayor

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 8:05 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter says the idea of the city issuing its own municipal ID cards deserves more study.
 
Other cities have already issued their own ID cards, and the mayor says there should be “a review of the options to explore what may be feasible” in Charlotte.
 
“We think it is a great idea,” said Armando Bellmas from Charlotte’s Latin American Coalition. “It’s something we’ve been advocating for since last year because we are a part of the community, a community that would benefit the most from municipal IDs.”
 
Bellmas works closely with Charlotte’s immigrant community, where many people are undocumented.
 
He says the IDs would help those with no papers by providing some identification if they are ever pulled over by police.
 
There are also children of undocumented immigrants who are students in Charlotte school, and since they have no identification, their parents cannot get into those schools to visit them.
 
“These kids are citizens. The parents may not be. The parents still should be able to be involved in volunteering at school if they want to,” Bellmas said.
 
There is some question if a local ID would be enough to allow someone to vote under the state’s voter ID law, but the mayor believes these are all questions that should be reviewed by everyone in the community.

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