Letter: NYC ID will blur legal lines

Children participate in a U.S. citizenship ceremony at

Children participate in a U.S. citizenship ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services district office in Manhattan. (Jan. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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I would give the New York City municipal identification-card law that Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a grade of F -- for fake ["ID bill is signed into law," News, July 11]. New York City is now in the business of making fake IDs for an estimated 500,000 people in this country illegally.

It's important that we keep the distinction between immigrants who are here legally and illegally. This ID card blurs that distinction. The City Council used a pretense for this program, stating that the ID will help people who otherwise are reserved about going to the police to make a complaint or report a crime.

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I know of no studies that indicate that sanctuary programs such as this reduce crime or increase reporting of crimes to law enforcement.

Chris Wales, Mineola

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