GREENSBORO, N.C.– Faith Action International House hosted a community conversation on immigration reform on Sunday, and also introduced the FaithAction ID program.
Under the proposed program, families would receive an identification card after attending an orientation and meeting eligibility requirements that would include a current photo, along with their name, gender, address, birthdate and religious affiliation.
The ID would cost immigrants $10 and have to be renewed every year if passed.
In a letter, Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller showed his support for the program by stating that the IDs would help officers, “with crucial information to better address and resolve legal and criminal concerns” as well as “save time and resources”, allowing officers to issue citations rather than arrests.
The Faith Action International House Executive Director said the IDs also help the immigrants feel validated as members of the community.
Other municipalities like Winston-Salem and Durham have passed similar proposals in collaboration with the local law enforcement.