Milwaukee County Board Finance Committee Approves Municipal ID For Undocumented Immigrants

An ID amendment was added to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s 2016 budget, the full County Board will vote on added amendments in early November.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

October 26, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, the Milwaukee County Board Finance Committee passed a municipal ID amendment to be added to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s 2016 budget, it will benefit undocumented immigrants and others who need an ID for County services, according to some County Supervisors. The amendment was sponsored by Milwaukee County Supervisors, Marina Dimitrijevic, Peggy Romo West and Khalifa Rainey. Their claim, that undocumented immigrants, released inmates and others could use the municipal ID to seek health care, use it for prescriptions, start a bank account, obtain a library card, would be able to get discounts for museums and parks and a discount ID for Milwaukee County Transit senior bus riders and those who are disabled and ride the bus.
The full County Board will vote on added amendments to the budget on November 9.
Milwaukee Alderman José G. Pérez is proposing a similar ID amendment for City of Milwaukee residents who are undocumented immigrants and others.The municipal and city ID is the result of the Wisconsin Republican controlled legislature and Governor Scott Walker’s (R) failure to approve a state picture driving permit for undocumented immigrants to legally drive in Wisconsin.

A pro-municipal ID rally will be held on November 2 at the Mitchell Park Domes at 6:00 p.m., according to Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant rights organization.

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