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The archdiocese of Baltimore will parish ID & # 39; offering to immigrants and others who have difficulty obtaining legitimate legitimacy – Washington Post

The archdiocese of Baltimore will parish ID & # 39; offering to immigrants and others who have difficulty obtaining legitimate legitimacy – Washington Post


Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, with her director of special projects, Alexandra Smith, left her office at the City Hall in December 2017. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

The archdiocese of Baltimore will create its own form of identity card for members of churches, an alternative to government-issued identification that church leaders hope immigrants and others who have difficulties in obtaining identification feel safer in the city.

The mayor of Baltimore has approved the plan and the Baltimore police said it will recognize the new "parish ID" as a valid form of identification.

"No one in our city should live in fear," said Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) at a press conference on Wednesday announcing the new form of identification alongside the archbishop of Baltimore, William Lori. "The parish ID supports our efforts to build what I consider an inclusive city, which takes into account the sometimes insurmountable obstacles to establishing the identification of an official residence because, as noted, unstable housing … gender identity status of immigrant or any other obstacles. "

While some activists supporting immigrants in Baltimore worked to establish the new ID and celebrated its founding, others said the new ID had only limited efficacy compared to further reaching government efforts.

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