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Hispanic advocates speak out against bill banning unofficial IDs for immigrants

Leaders of El Pueblo are criticizing a legislative committee’s decision to pass House Bill 1069, legislation that prevents local police authorities from recognizing community IDs for undocumented citizens.

Here’s El Pueblo’s official statement on on Wednesday’s vote by the House Regulatory Reform Committee:

Sponsors of the recently proposed HB 1069 and its supporters are firmly on the wrong side of history. This bill specifically removes an exception to a 2015 law that allows law enforcement to accept the highly effective Community Identification cards from local residents, as a tool for investigation.

Despite protests from local police departments and human rights groups who see the value of these identification programs, these legislators are targeting the most vulnerable in our state by furthering distrust between local authorities and their respective communities, as well as making the job of police officers even more difficult by taking away their ability to identify residents when timing is of the essence.

Carmen Rodriguez, a resident of Raleigh and a FaithAction ID recipient, expressed her concern with HB 1069. “It scares me to know that I could possibly be in a dangerous situation, and not even be able to identify myself to local authorities. This ID has given me and my family peace of mind, and now they’re trying to take it away from me.”

Learn more about the FaithAction ID initiative here.

Read House Bill 1069 in its entirety here.

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