Wyandotte County to Offer Local IDs to Immigrants, Others

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Wyandotte County will start providing municipal photograph IDs to immigrants and different susceptible residents after county commissioners authorised the transfer in a break up vote.

The Unified Authorities of Wyandotte County board voted 6-4 Thursday evening to supply the IDs underneath what was dubbed the “Secure and Welcoming Wyandotte Act,” KCUR reported. The measure will permit immigrants, the homeless, the aged and others with out prepared entry to state-issued photograph IDs like driver’s licenses to get a neighborhood photograph ID.

The transfer was backed by a coalition of advocacy teams, together with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and the Immigrant Justice Advocacy Motion. Advocates have pushed for the ordinance since 2017, however didn’t have the help of former Mayor David Alvey. Present Mayor Tyrone Garner endorsed the ordinance throughout his marketing campaign and pushed for Thursday’s vote.

Yazmin Bruno Valdez, an immigrant and neighborhood organizer for Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation, attended the assembly in help of the measure. Valdez mentioned she lived with out authorized identification for greater than 20 years and sometimes felt ostracized due to it.

“After I needed to go to my senior promenade, they didn’t let me in as a result of I didn’t have an ID,” she recalled. “Regardless of being a scholar at my college, I wanted a driver’s license or a state-issued ID.”

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