The ID program, much like ones adopted by the other local municipalities, allows cardholders to secure driver’s licenses, open bank accounts in some cases and makes interaction with law enforcement, as well as first responders, easier and much less daunting, especially for those undocumented residents who may have fear of deportation.
Nobody Leads MidHudson, a local advocacy group, has been highly involved in the push for the municipal ID legislation all over the region. Lead Organizer Ignacio Acevedo said Monday’s vote is a huge win, but there’s more to be done. And he said it is more evidence that local governments and communities are setting a precedent that every resident is a valued member of the community.
“The reality is it’s the beginning and we’re passing this project, but the big win here is the community coming together; neighbor to neighbor supporting each other, saying good things about each other, leaving some of that fear behind and saying, ‘My neighbor has my back and I got my neighbor’,” said Acevedo. “For me, this is a big win.”