Providing ‘Sense of Belonging’ to Undocumented Immigrants

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Route Fifty on 8/5/2021 by Jean Dimeo

Community identification cards allow immigrants and others in vulnerable populations access to IDs and help them build relationships with law enforcement, according to the Policy Executive Research Forum.

There are about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. but only 16 states, the District of Columbia and 20 cities allow undocumented persons to apply for a driver’s license or state identification card. The Police Executive Research Forum says law enforcement agencies should consider implementing community-based programs for undocumented and other immigrants to allow them access to IDs and help them have “a sense of belonging.”