Well, the Board of Stupes, er, Supes, did it. They will now issue identification cards to all residents, legal or not, and require employers to accept them:
The Board of Supervisors voted today to make San Francisco the largest U.S. city to issue municipal identification cards to its residents, regardless of whether or not they are in the country legally.
Supervisor Tom Ammiano, the legislation’s author, said the availability of identification cards is a smart public safety measure because it would make residents living on the social margins of San Francisco more likely to seek the help of police and could give them more access to banking services.
“People are afraid to report crimes,” Ammiano said, referring to illegal immigrants who avoid local law enforcement authorities over fear of being arrested or deported by federal immigration officials.
The legislation would require companies doing business with San Francisco to accept the municipal card as a legitimate form of identification – except in cases where other state and federal laws require other forms of proof of age, name and residence.
Under San Francisco’s sanctuary ordinance, it already is city policy that no municipal government personnel or resources may be used to assist federal immigration officials in the arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants.
Ammiano phrases the social benefits in terms of giving illegals access to bank accounts so that they don’t carry money around and get robbed. Banks, apparently, are on board, although I don’t know how they can square this City issued card with the Patriot Act. In any event, it seems to me that it provides a perfect way for terrorists, not just Mom and Pop border jumpers, to access our banking systems too.