A plan to provide illegal immigrants with an official city ID card easily won a key vote Tuesday when members of a Los Angeles City Council committee agreed to solicit bids for a third-party vendor to handle the program.
Councilman Ed Reyes, a member of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, said it’s “about time” that L.A. residents, regardless of immigration status, have the ability to easily open bank accounts and access city services.
“This card allows people who have been living in the shadows to be out in the light of day," Reyes said, calling
Reyes said opposition to the so-called City Services Card is inevitable because it touches on the hot-button issue of illegal immigration. But in the end, “cooler heads will prevail and understand the humanity of the suggestion,’’ Reyes said.
The committee voted unanimously to ask the full council to approve a request for proposal that would allow potential vendors to study the city’s plan and offer bids on running it.
The committee's review was the first step in a process to create the card system.
Critics say the proposal initially raised by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the latest indication that