Time to document the undocumented
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Among his calls for universal pre-K and creating affordable housing in the coming mayoral term, Mayor Bill de Blasio says he also plans to push for municipal identification cards for the undocumented residents of New York City; unprecedented goals for the first month in any public office.

As of December 2013, the city’s immigration population reached an all-time high at more than 3 million, most of whom settled in Queens and Brooklyn, according a report put together from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and other federal and city data.

According to the study, the foreign-born population has more than doubled since the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Amendment of 1965, from 18 percent in 1970 to nearly 37 percent last year.

Those born in the Dominican Republic make up over 380,000 of these new immigrants, along with an influx of over 350,000 Chinese settlers since the same time, according to the report.

Those by way of Mexico make up over 186,000 while Jamaica, Guyana, Ecuador, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, India and Russia make up the remaining top 10 groups.

At his inaugural State of the City address at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, de Blasio proclaimed that by making the municipal identification cards available to the growing immigration population, the city can assure that, “no daughter or son of our city goes without bank accounts, leases, library cards…simply because they lack identification."

With Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on board, it seems like the mayor is on the right track with his plan to close the gap on the underserved, and often, immigrant communities of the city.

In order to provide the ability to open a bank account, pick up a package at the post office, file a complaint with the NYPD, check out a book at the library and even ensure a safe walk home from work, the rest of the City Council should support the plan to document the undocumented in this city.

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