Hundreds turn out to sign up for Union City municipal ID cards
An estimated 400 Union City residents lined up at City Hall Wednesday afternoon to sign up for the new municipal identification card.
Union City has a large immigrant population, and some are living in the country illegally. Residents say that there is an ongoing sense of fear of deportations in the city since President Donald Trump began talking about cracking down on illegal immigration.
The identification cards will allow city residents to be able to hand a police officer an ID if they are stopped for any reason. It will also allow them to sign up for library cards and other municipal services.
Some residents tell News 12 New Jersey that the new cards will also give them a sense of identify and a feeling of belonging.
Onexa Medina was at City Hall singing up for the cards with her parents, who are hoping to become United States citizens one day.
"I'm hoping to achieve my citizenship," Medina says. "Just because they came from a different country and they are in this country...illegally, doesn't take away from how hard they work and of how good of human beings they are."
City officials had to turn some people away due to the amount of people that showed up. People who did not get to sign up for the card can return to City Hall Thursday at 9 a.m.