PLYMOUTH — As promised at the Faith in Indiana Accountability Session held in October, Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter met with members of La Voz Unida, representatives of La Casa de Amistad, and members of Faith in Indiana Tuesday evening to discuss the possibility of establishing and implementing a Plymouth City ID.
Senter was asked to consider signing an executive order to implement a community resident ID card by February 1, 2020. The issue was discussed several years ago, and brought up again during an accountability session held by Faith in Indiana at St. Michael’s School Gymnasium in the fall.
After listening to the presentation made by Ed Rodriguez, Development Coordinator for La Casa de Amistad Juan D. Constantino Lara, Norma Rodriguez, and Special Projects Coordinator for La Casa de Amistad Jessica Gonzalez Casas, Senter agreed to consult with the City of Plymouth Attorney Sean Surrisi about possible implementation. Surrisi will be out of office until January.
If Senter signs an Executive Order to Implement a City of Plymouth ID, it will need submitted to the Plymouth Council for their approval. The card cannot be used for any purpose where Federal or State issued photo ID is required. It cannot be used for any purpose prohibited by Federal or State law.
Senter was presented with a placard specifying the intended purpose, management and potential community benefits of the program.
Are not associated with immigration status and only used for identification purposes in the issuing community for essential services
Do not give immigrants’ rights associated with United States Citizens
Cannot be used at airports or to board a plane
Will be implemented through Mayoral Proclamation
This card does not require the immigration or criminal status of an applicant
Does not classify the issuing city as a sanctuary
Are simply a means to allow an individual to prove their identity as a necessity to participate in the local community
Consular cards (Matricula Consular), which most immigrants carry on their person, are not typically recognized as a form of valid identification because it is not state issues nor in English.
Provided through a non-profit organization and is not a part of the tax base of the citizens of the community
Identification cards will be issued on cost basis to each recipient that will cover expenses associated with preparation
A non-profit organization managing the issuance ensures privacy from public record laws
It is beneficial to the community and law enforcement in identifying with whom they are interacting
Helps in emergency care to police and emergency response teams
Assists in securing better employment opportunities but is not a federally issued work permit
Access to Community Services / Businesses:
Allows access to community resources including but not limited to:
Government buildings for services, jail visitations, courts and other secure offices
Obtaining college transcripts
Clinics, including rehabilitation treatment facilities
Schools for Children
Child Care’ daycare and pre-schools
Better options to rental properties avoiding questionable landlords
Paying a purchase with a pre-paid credit card
Filling Prescriptions at local pharmacies
Picking up packages from the local Post Office or undeliverable packages at courier offices
Reduces fear of interactions with local law enforcement
Encourages involvement to assist in reporting and solving crimes
Better record keeping for local law enforcement and better relations with departments without fear of reprisal
Access to financial services
Qualifying for property tax exemptions
Safer to use these services as opposed to carry large sums of cash and risk harm
Alternative Uses and Benefits:
Identification cards eases the burden of an individual and causes a boost in the local economy
Aside from immigrants, Identification cards help:
Law-income elderly people
Elderly who no longer qualify for a driver’s license but require prescriptions
Formerly incarcerated citizens re-entering society
The mentally ill and disabled
We are all human beings and hope this provides some individuals a path to full citizenship.
End of placard.
Senter stated, “I really enjoyed this meeting with Faith In Indiana as well as La Casa De Amistad. The City has not committed to anything yet, but I look forward to working with them on this project. This will not cost the City of Plymouth taxpayers anything thanks to very involved not-for-profit organizations and their many volunteers.”