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New York City passes law issuing official identification cards to illegal immigrants

By Mason White 12:01 PM June 27, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) Illegal immigrants living in New York City, will soon get official identification cards.

The city will offer the identification cards to residents regardless of their immigration status under a plan lawmakers approved on Thursday, and it is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

This will create the country’s largest city ID program. The card is intended to provide a form of government ID to help immigrants and others who may not be able to get an ID elsewhere.

The measure was approved by 43 to 3 vote. The law will take effect later this year.

Applicants must prove their identity and residence of the city, and officials would have some flexibility in determining which documents are sufficient. The fee has not yet been decided, but it would probably be around $10 and may not apply to those who cannot afford it.