On July 25, the Connecticut city of New Haven became the first city in the nation to introduce ID cards for undocumented immigrants; allowing access to bank accounts, library services etc.
In New York, City Council member Hiram Monserratte wants to do the same for immigrants in the city. (Hear more at nyc.org)
And on July 26, a federal judge in Scranton, PA, ruled against the City of Hazleton in a landmark challenge (Lozano v. City of Hazleton) to local ordinances aimed at punishing landlords, employers, and people perceived to be immigrants.
In a opinion, federal judge James Munley ruled that federal law "prohibits Hazleton from enforcing any of the provisions of its ordinances," which impose a $1,000-per-day fine on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants, revoke the business license of any employer who hires them, declare English as the official language and bar city employees from translating documents to another language without approval. (Washington Post)According to the Hazelton police, over the past seven years undocumented immigrants were involved in only one-quarter of one percent of felonies in Hazleton. That's just 20 out of 8,575. It's clearly irresponsible and unfair to blame hardworking families and entire communities for crimes that they did not commit.