BUILD Wins Commitment from Baltimore's Mayor to Recognize Parish IDs Issued to Immigrants

Immigration

BUILD Wins Commitment from Baltimore's Mayor to Recognize Parish IDs Issued to Immigrants

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) won a commitment from Baltimore Mayor Pugh that city agencies would recognize parish identification cards issued to immigrant city residents. The identification cards, which are meant to address hesitations by immigrants to report crimes to police, fearing a lack of ID would lead to deportation, are issued by Catholic congregations with the full support of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It will be a form of non-government identification available to members of the congregations. The identification card will be recognized by Baltimore City law enforcement and other city agencies as an alternative form of identification in specified situations. The Mayor committed to training police officers on the Parish ID within two weeks.