The long awaited day is finally here for the invader scum and their advocates, as told by the uber-PC SFGate. Please see my notes and errata below the article for translation from PC-speak into English...
"Hundreds Wait For Hours To Buy S.F. I.D. Card"
by Heather Knight
Hundreds of people stood in line for hours at San Francisco City Hall on Thursday to be among the first in the nation to receive municipal identification cards regardless of their immigration status.
The cards, also available in New Haven, Conn., and being considered in other cities, have sparked fury among advocates of stricter immigration laws(1). They argue cities have no business declaring people residents if they are not in the country legally.
But San Francisco officials and recipients of the cards hailed the new program as a way to connect undocumented immigrants with banks, businesses and city services, such as obtaining health care and checking out library books. They also said it will encourage card holders to report crimes to the police without fear of being arrested or deported.
"I really need the identification card," said Marvin Martinez, 50, who arrived in the city five months ago from Florida and is originally from Mexico. Martinez, who didn't say whether he was a legal resident, stood in a long line - one made up mostly of Latino men(2) - that snaked down the marble hallway outside the county clerk's office.
"I'll use it to look for jobs and for school and when the police stop me, I'll have ID to show them(3)," he said. "It'll improve things."
The clerk's office expected to create 30 cards on the first day of the program, and signed up hundreds of people for appointments in the coming days. The clerk's office eventually will hand out about 50 cards per day.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who as a supervisor wrote the legislation creating the card program, was the first to receive a card - though he initially thought he could do so with just his driver's license and had to return with a utility bill. Even his Assembly ID card didn't count, he pointed out with a laugh.
People must show proof of identity like a driver's license or foreign passport(4), as well as proof of residency such as a utility bill or proof of having a child enrolled in the city's public schools.
"Mr. Ammiano forgot to bring his residency documents," County Clerk Karen Hong said. "Education is key."
Ammiano, Hong and many other city officials gathered in the North Light Court on Thursday morning to announce the program. Notably absent was Mayor Gavin Newsom, who aides alternately said was running late or was busy in a meeting upstairs.
The widespread assumption at the news conference was that Newsom - often criticized for holding too many news conferences - was avoiding the controversial issue because it may not play well in his bid for governor in 2010.
"He ducked it," Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said. "My take is whatever his larger aspirations are, they seem to be eclipsing the local gains like this. He should be proud of this, and I'm sure quietly he is."
After an unrelated event to announce the expansion of a free Wi-Fi program for public housing residents, Newsom said he had been meeting with his budget director during the identification card event. He said he's not worried about how the program will affect his run for governor.
"This would go at the end of a very long list of things that will be points of consternation that will be targeted against me," he said. There had been earlier talk of him joining Ammiano to get a card himself to promote the program, which he also rejected.
"I've got more IDs than I need," he said. "This is for other people. This is not for the mayor of San Francisco. In fact, with respect, I appreciate some city employees getting it, but I wish it was going to the people it was intended for in the first day or two."
Newsom supported identification cards when Board of Supervisors approved the program in 2007. But he put the program on hold last summer following a series of Chronicle articles about how the city was (5) shielding youth in the country illegally from deportation after they were found guilty of committing felonies.
That practice was stopped (6), and Newsom said he wanted to ensure the identification cards complied with state and federal laws before going forward.
The Immigration Reform Law Institute of Washington sued to block the cards on behalf of four San Francisco residents who said the program would aid illegal immigration. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch tossed the suit in October(7).
Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform - a national group that wants immigration laws enforced more strongly - said it's ridiculous to create a program to attract more illegal immigrants when most U.S. cities are struggling financially.
"Maybe San Francisco is the exception to the rule, and they have money to burn - who knows?" Mehlman said.
City Administrator Ed Lee said the machinery to produce the cards cost $700,000 and staffing will cost $150,000 annually.
Supporters said the program isn't just for illegal immigrants. Homeless people often have trouble obtaining ID cards because they have no fixed address. And transgender people are sometimes stigmatized if they show a driver's license that indicates their legal sex is different from how they appear; the city cards have no sex designation (8).
About San Francisco's ID cards
To get a card, make an appointment up to 30 days in advance at the County Clerk's office, room 168 in City Hall, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (415) 554-4950.
At the appointment, you will fill out an application, show proof of identity (like a driver's license or foreign passport) and proof of city residency (like a utility bill), pay $5 to $15, get a picture taken and receive the card within 20 minutes.
The card is good at some banks and credit unions, some participating businesses(9) offering discounts to cardholders, libraries, to reserve park space and at all city departments and other groups receiving city money.
The cards are not a license to drive, not intended to be used as proof of legal age to buy alcohol or cigarettes, and not accepted by federal agencies.
(1) "advocates of stricter immigration laws" is the usual PC-speak used to define anyone who is against open borders. "Opponents of immigration anarchy" or "opponents of governmental dereliction in enforcing immigration law" would be a bit closer to the truth.
(2) Wow. Big surprise there. Sort of puts yet another hole in the "not just for illegals" argument (see 8).
(3) Already making plans for the future....
(4) Actually, it is quite a bit more lenient than that...
Anyone wanting an illegal alien ID merely has to submit one of the following (which must include a picture and birth date)...
- US or Foreign Passport:
- US Driver's License
- US State ID
- US Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
- Consular Identification (CID) - including Mexican Matricuala Consular
- Photo ID Card issued by another Country to its citizens or nationals that meets the requirements of San Francisco Administrative Code 95.1(a)
- Certified Copy of US or Foreign Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- National ID Card with photo, name, address, date of birth, and expiration date
- Foreign Driver's License
- US or Foreign Military Identification Card
- Current Visa issued by a government agency
- US Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) authorization letter
- California Educational Institution Identification Card: elementary, middle, secondary and post secondary schools
For those 13 and under, there is virtually no proof needed. All you need is a "parent or guardian" to vouch for you. No picture. No birthday. No fucking nothing. Welcome MS-13 Gangbangers!
In addition to this ultra-lenient I.D. requirement is an even more lenient residency requirement, where you must also submit one of the following....
- Utility bill dated within the last 30 days
- Local property tax statement or mortgage payment receipt dated within the last 30 days
- Bank account statement dated within the last 30 days
- Proof of a minor currently enrolled in a San Francisco school
- Current San Francisco Golf Resident Card
- Employment pay stub dated within the last 30 days
- Written ruling, order or notice from the Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board dated within the last 30 days
- Jury summons or court order issued by a state or federal court and dated within the last 30 days
- Federal or state income tax or refund statement dated within the last 30 days
- Insurance bill (homeowner’s, renter’s, health, life or automobile insurance) dated within the last 30 days
- Written verification issued by a homeless shelter that receives City funding confirming at least 15 days residency within the last 30 days
- Written verification issued by a hospital, health clinic or social services agency that receives City funding confirming at least 15 days residency within the last 30 days
- If a certified copy of a marriage certificate is presented at the time of application, an applicant may prove residency using documents bearing the name of his/her spouse.
(6) ... again, little evidence of that. Not that the US Atty's office is going out of its way to check. One of the most shameful parts of this whole mess is how the US Atty's office, after several threats to settle S.F.'s hash, has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
(7) Judge Busch was apparently stupid enough to buy the "it's not just for illegals" argument (see 8).
(8) "It's not just for illegal aliens" - the big, steaming pile of out-and-out bullshit propaganda that is repeated again and again in EVERY article you read about the I.D. program. Especially suspect is the whole transgender argument - clearly put there to pander to the gay community - all the more suspect because there is no where on the application that allows you to set up an alias.
(9) Here's a list of those participating business to patronize if you're an illegal alien invader, or, perhaps, to BOYCOTT if you're not an Anti-American, open-borders anarchist...
YOU TOO CAN BE AN ILLEGAL ALIEN IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY!!!
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR ILLEGAL ALIEN I.D.!!!
SOON TO BE MANDATORY SO GET YOURS NOW!