Miami-Dade County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution asking Mayor Gimenez to consider creating an ID for all County residents
Miami, FL – On Tuesday, September 1st, the Board of Miami-Dade County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in support of creating an Identification Card for all county residents.
The resolution was sponsored by Commissioner Juan Carlos Zapata and co-sponsored by Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava, Rebeca Sosa, Barbara Jordan and Chairman Jean Monestime. The resolution asks County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to evaluate whether an identification card program is feasible; Mayor Gimenez has 180 days, until February 2016, to present a report and an implementation plan.
Rosana Araujo, undocumented mother, survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and Vice President of the Miami Workers Center’s Board
“This will protect undocumented women who are survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, to report their cases to the Police without the fear of being detained and deported for not having documents. The County ID will help end their re-victimization and bring to the light an epidemic that still remains in the shadows in our county.”
Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Organizer with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
“We celebrate today’s victory and how it could benefit transgender communities and their families. There is still much work to be done to define the process for people to get a county identification card regardless of their gender identity. We expect this initiative to ensure people’s access to homeless shelters, bring up cases of abuse to enforcement authorities, and provide IDs that correctly reflects people’s gender.”
Jonathan Fried, Executive Director for WeCount! in Homestead
“At a time when the national discourse has gone down a dangerous path of exclusionary rhetoric, the county has taken a positive, practical step to include immigrants, farm workers and others within the tapestry of our social fabric. We look forward to working with the mayor and commissioners toward implementation of a county ID program.”
Francesca Menes, Policy Director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition
“I am proud to see the progress that we’ve made as a county to protect and integrate our most vulnerable community members. We look forward to working with Mayor Gimenez to ensure the program is affordable and accessible, protects the privacy of our residents, and stays true to the values of integration and inclusion of all members in our community.”
More on County IDs
As Miami-Dade’s population continues to diversify and be composed of a large proportion of immigrant and low-income families, there is a high number of people who do not have standard identification. These people are less likely to report crimes to the police and more likely to be victims of crime; they also confront more obstacles to access both public and private services, such as banks and libraries. While they constitute a large portion of our county’s workforce, the barriers they encounter to saving and spending money limits their capacity to contribute as fully as they could to our county’s economy and community.
If Miami-Dade creates a county ID, it will join a dozen other cities and counties throughout the country who have taken this initiative, including Aventura (FL), Los Angeles (CA), Oakland (CA), New York (NY), Washington, D.C., and New Haven (CT), among others.