Immigration is always a controversial topic in the United States, nowhere more so than in New Haven, Connecticut. It has become the first American city to issue identification cards to all its residents, including those in the US illegally. Granting access to services like libraries and parks, the cards also give illegal immigrants a chance to open bank accounts.
“I have an ID card, here in New Haven and that is the place where I have lived for 15 years so it is great, you know,” said Marvin from Honduras.
“It is great just to have it. I have my family here, my house and everything.”
But not everyone shares his delight. Demonstrating outside city hall, critics claim the cards will simply encourage illegal immigration, strain services and waste taxpayers’ money.
“It is bad to entice any illegals to come here and stay, and there are entirely too many of them here that are taking American jobs away from American citizens,” said protester Elice Marciano.
The row comes at a time when immigration reform is stalled in the US Congress.