There’s more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to “the end justifies the means” crowd.
Following in the footsteps of California, Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced municipal ID cards for illegal immigrants that critics fear will help enable them to vote in elections, according to The Chicago Tribune.
The CityKey cards are being praised as a valid form of identification for people voting in Chicago and for those registering to vote — even though it remains illegal for undocumented immigrants to vote.
.@ChicagosMayor and @chicityclerk announce 🔑#ChicagoCityKey
🆔 City-issued ID card
🚌 Use it to board @cta
📚 Check-out books from @chipublib libraries
🏢 Access city services
🎨 Access museums with discounts
🔒 Priority on privacy
🆓 First 100k are free
❤️ For all Chicagoans pic.twitter.com/az9hNvuplw
— Chicago Chief Data Officer (@ChicagoCDO) December 14, 2017
In a letter sent to aldermen last week, City Clerk Anna Valencia cited state election rules to explain why the card will be accepted, the paper reported — Valencia heads up the CityKey program.
“The Illinois Election Code requires the Board of Elections to accept current, valid photo identification cards and other local governmental documentation that includes an individual’s name and address, as proof of identity and residency,” the clerk said in the letter. “The CityKey fits both of these requirements.”
The card, which was sold as a way for people to get basic services, will be available to the general public in the spring and the program is expected to “boost” Emanuel’s standing with Hispanics in the run-up to his 2019 re-election bid, The Tribune reported.
Surprisingly, not all in Chicago are on board with the program.
Northwest Side Ald. Nick Sposato said he was “beyond disappointed” over the card being accepted as a valid ID for voting.
“I’m not sure of the validity of this,” Sposato told The Tribune. “They may not have citizenship. Voter fraud would be my biggest concern.”
The alderman pointed out that Chicago — a sanctuary city — will protect illegal immigrants by not keeping background information applicants offer to establish a home address.
This way, federal immigration agents can’t use the data to track down those in the country illegally.
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