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Nations, States and Cities Moving To Legalize People

January 18, 2015
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Pablo Luna smile as he receive a copy of his birth certificate on Thursday at the Mexican Consulate Office. (VICTOR CALZADA — EL PASO TIMES)

Pablo Luna smile as he receive a copy of his birth certificate on Thursday at the Mexican Consulate Office. (VICTOR CALZADA — EL PASO TIMES)

Good news! Birth certificates, I.D. cards and driver’s licenses are on the way. Countries, states and cities are helping people prove who they are.

Sometimes people have left important documents behind when they came to the states. Now they need them to become part of this nation. Mexico has been overwhelmed by requests for documents.

Mexico is now issuing birth certificates here in the U.S. Its 50 consulates will receive birth information from Mexico. The consulate will produce a birth certificate for the immigrant. The new holder of the proof of birth can use it to get a driver’s license and obtain work permits.

Advocates say the new program is great. More than 6 million Mexicans in the U.S. are undocumented.

It is also good news for millions across the country. Birth certificates are needed to get legal status in America.

The certificates will help people covered by the new executive order. These are the Mexican-born parents of children born in America. It will also help the Dreamers. These are young people who were brought here as children.

New York City is now issuing its own I.D. card. The card looks like a driver’s license. It is not just for immigrants. Any New Yorker who needs one can get it. It opens the way to work programs

The New York waiting lines are long. If you do not get on line by 9:00 a.m., you may not get in. An undocumented person said, “I need an ID. I do not have an ID.” He stood in line for six hours but still did not complain.

Problems lie ahead. Republicans are in control of the House of Representatives. Many of them oppose immigration reform. Last week, they voted to defund the president’s executive order on immigration. However, the defunding bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate.

Sources: The New York Daily News January 13, 2015 & The Los Angeles Times January 15, 2015

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