Los Angeles mayor wants immigrants to get ID cards
October 15, 2012, 12:04 am TWN
LOS ANGELES--Immigrants would get access to banking services in Los Angeles under a proposal by the mayor that would create an official city photo identification card that could also be used as a prepaid ATM card for their private bank account. An estimated 4.3 million immigrants live in LA.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says his plan is similar to programs in San Francisco and Oakland, where ID cards are issued to anyone who can prove residency, regardless of immigration status, the Los Angeles Times reported.