New York City is to issue identification cards to the city’s residents, including an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants. This will enable the so-called undocumented open bank accounts, sign rental leases and cash cheques.
New York City Council will follow other major cities with large immigrant communities including Los Angeles and San Francisco and vote for an ID card system that would allow illegal migrants access basic city services.
It will be the biggest city ID card programme in the US.
The move will be a significant boost for Irish people living and working illegally in New York City who are among the estimated 50,000 undocumented living across the United States.