PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix has moved one step closer to launching a municipal identification card that city residents, including undocumented immigrants, will be able to use to access various services and to prove their identity.
The Phoenix City Council voted 5-4 Wednesday night to issue a “request for information” that essentially allows the city to develop and implement a municipal ID card by July for its residents. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton joined the other four Democrats on the city council to vote in favor of the card.
Supporter who packed the city council chambers Wednesday night erupted into applause when the vote was announced. Among them was Viridiana Hernandez, co-founder of a group called One PHX ID that has been advocating for the card. Her group collected 12,000 signatures of people who favor the municipal ID card.
“This is a huge win,” Hernandez said. “It really took the community coming together and demonstrating that this is an urgent matter.”