Like San Francisco and Oakland, Richmond also considers issuing city ID cards. The idea is on schedule to become the law on July 5th. The ID card is mainly for undocumented immigrants who cannot obtain any state or federal issued identification in the US. City issued ID card would be sufficient to get utilities, bank account and access city amenities like libraries or pools.
While critics of the bill say it may attract illegal immigrants to the city supporters argue that the city immigrants population, which is already sizable, lives in the shadow. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said: “the cards will help (immigrants) feel more comfortable in reaching out to the police,”. Over 200 people rallied in front of the city council to support the idea of municipal ID cards for all residents.