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Some sanctuary cities provide municipal ID cards to undocumented aliens to make it easier for them to remain in the United States unlawfully.

For instance, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinanceon Nov. 20, 2007, authorizing the County Clerk’s Office to issue SF City ID Cards. This photo identification card streamlined access to government programs for undocumented alien residents and connected them to local businesses, e.g., by providing a form of identification that could be used to open a checking account at participating banks.
New York City also has a municipal ID card. It connects New Yorkers to services, programs, and benefits, regardless of immigration status.

Five days after President Trump’s election, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reiterated Chicago’s commitment to being a sanctuary city. He said, “Chicago has been a city of immigrants since it was founded.” He also announced that a Municipal ID program was being developed and provided a link to Chicago’s Office of New Americans which is intended “to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the world.”

On March 29, 2017, he introduced an ordinance to the ity Council to establish the promised municipal ID card because many vital services require proof of identity, and some populations have difficulty accessing official identification, such as undocumented immigrants. The ID card will provide them with access to city services, cultural institutions, programs, and other benefits. “This program represents our values and reaffirms that everyone is welcome in this city.”

In President Trump’s Executive Order 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, he declares that “Sanctuary jurisdictions” that “willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States” have caused “immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.” He intends to withhold federal funds from these jurisdictions, “except as mandated by law.”

This could cause serious financial problems for Chicago. In FY2016, Chicago received the second highest amount of federal funding in the country, $5.3 billion. Information is not available yet on how much of this funding would be subject to withholding.

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About the author.
Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an Executive Branch Immigration Law Expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. He also has been a policy advisor for the DHS Office of Information Sharing and Collaboration under a contract with TKC Communications, and he has been in private practice as an immigration lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson.