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Groups trying to create ID for undocumented Triangle residents

Posted December 17, 2015

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— Several nonprofit groups are working to create valid identification for undocumented workers in the Triangle and have reached out to authorities in Wake, Durham and Orange counties for assistance.

A new state law prohibits state and local agencies in North Carolina from accepting ID cards issued by foreign governments, such as the Mexican consulate in Raleigh, as proof of identity. The law also precludes the use of locally produced IDs by state and local agencies.

The law exempts law enforcement agencies from the prohibitions, and Latino advocacy group El Pueblo and other organizations hope local authorities will lead the way in wider acceptance of community-based IDs.

"If you are not able to identify yourself, often you can’t interact with local businesses. A lot of times, you can’t present yourself to local law enforcement," said Angeline Echeverria, executive director of El Pueblo. "It’s something that permeates every aspect of community members’ lives, so it’s really important that folks are able to identify themselves and feel confident that they have appropriate identification for any situation that they are in."

Locally produced IDs are already used in Greensboro and Alamance County, and Echeverria said the cards her organization is looking to produce wouldn't replace a driver’s license or passport and wouldn't grant any of the privileges of a government-issued IDs.

"All community members, both documented folks as well as undocumented folks, can present sufficient documentation to get an ID with their picture on it that they can use at local businesses and with law enforcement agencies," she said, adding that the backers of the plan are putting together a proposal to present to area law enforcement agencies.


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  • Lynn Brearley Dec 19, 2015
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    Why are they not being arrested and put behind bars?

  • Roger Chance Dec 18, 2015
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    .....you meant to say "undocumented democrats".

  • Cathy Blackman Dec 18, 2015
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    If they have to "present" to law enforcement this would most likely mean a traffic stop and/or license check....if driving they should have a valid driver license with a photo, correct?

  • Thomas White Dec 18, 2015
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    The problem is how the US Congress sets quotas for certain countries. Immigrants from European countries have a chance of entering the United States at a much higher rate then people from central and south America.

    The people who are worrying (complaining) about low end workers illegally entering the United States should worry more about the professionals from other countries who are legally allowed to be here as they are the ones who are really affecting your salary.

    All those complaining should try living just one week without the services provided by an undocumented worker. Those services include helping pave roads, building houses and working on the farms that produce our food.

    I would rather the State of NC issue legal driving licenses that are differentiated by color so people at a glance would know not to offer any other benefits. I would make the licenses expire every year and to have a $100 surcharge on any license issued as well as the insurance they would need to carry.

  • Sam Adams Dec 18, 2015
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    First off all of these illegal aliens should be sent back to their countries of origin. If they wish to return then they need to follow the proper legal channels to do so. Its simply not fair at all to those immigrants who came here legally with the desire to assimilate into our culture and way of life.

    Secondly, I am getting really tired of WRAL's constant propaganda when it comes to illegal aliens and it looks like the flavor of the day is going to be Islam. I see they turned off the comments in their latest Islam propaganda piece. Shame on WRAL. Its sad to see the network that I grew up watching transform into what it is today.

  • Catherine Brown Dec 18, 2015
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    If they were making FAKE ID's for American citizens they would be arrested. If they PRESENT themselves to local law enforcement they should be detained for deportment. BECAUSE THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY.

  • Milton Bailey Dec 18, 2015
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    I Agree with Trump, all illegal should be DEPORTED. When they stepped over the border, they committed a criminal act. If they were US citizens going the other way, into Mexico, they would be arrested. And jailed, and eventually deported. Why don't we do likewise?

  • Norman Lewis Dec 18, 2015
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    I am all for LEGAL immigration. For people following the rules, going with the protocol, even filling out the forms and yes, waiting the usual period to enter this country LEGALLY . To enter illegally shows your arrogance and disregard for the laws of this country and consequently, your ineligibility for actual citizenship here. No excuses, no "reasons" for why you disregarded the laws this society operates under. Most illegals come to the US and get Welfare, WIC and all the other programs designed for our CITIZENS and tell yourselves you DESERVE IT. I am all for people improving their lives by education, by improving themselves, I am NOT for criminals sneaking in and applying to be given my tax dollars to support their irresponsible and illegal lifestyles among the legal people that work, earn, save and desire to better themselves without the expense of breaking the laws of the country.

  • Curtis Denton Dec 17, 2015
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  • Hamilton Bean Dec 17, 2015
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    Heck--I can draw a picture of these illegals--and they would think this is acceptable...Thats cute..