An Ohio First, Cincinnati Puts Public Safety First with ID Measure

Communications Associate

May 11, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Cincinnati City Council is scheduled to vote today on a resolution to begin accepting photo ID cards for the city’s most vulnerable residents, including undocumented immigrants.

This resolution would make the city the first municipality in Ohio to accept such a card.

In the absence of national congressional action, local faith, law enforcement and political leaders are praising this effort as a way to make their city and community members safer.

“Our police know that when individual victims fail to report crime, it emboldens criminals to act again without consequence,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “This will make our city safer.”

“We’re about welcoming the stranger, serving the poor and protecting the vulnerable,” said Ted Bergh, CEO of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio. “We see the card as a benefit to the city and a huge benefit for the vulnerable.”

“This would be a smart, compassionate, local solution,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “IDs will help law enforcement work with immigrants and keep the entire community safe. The measure demonstrates local faith, law enforcement and political support for commonsense immigration policies.

“Cincinnati leaders are recognizing their city’s changing demographics and taking the lead on smart community resolutions. Congress should take a cue from local leaders and address immigrants and immigration in a way that helps our entire country thrive.”