Hundreds of Union City residents show up for 2nd day of municipal ID registrations
Hundreds of Union City residents returned to City Hall Thursday for the second day of municipal identification card registrations.
Over 400 people signed up for the new ID card Wednesday when the city launched the program. So many people showed up on the first day that the city needed a second round of registrations.
Union City resident Aracely Alvarado says she has lived in New Jersey for over 25 years. She says that although she is not living in the United States legally, Union City is her home.
Alvarado says that she waited for more than four hours to get her ID card.
"It's important for me because I don't have papers and I need it," she says. "If something is happening and I'm asked for identification, I can give it to them."
The municipal cards can be used as identification and can also be used to apply for a bank account, cash checks or sign up for a library card.
Union City has a 95 percent immigrant population. Many residents say that the cards help give them a sense of belonging and help alleviate fears following a Trump administration crackdown on immigrants living in the country illegally.
"We're hoping it makes them even blend into the community even more," says Union City Mayor Brian Stack. "When we hung fliers they said 'For every single resident,' so undocumented are less stigmatized. That's why even I got one."
Stack says that the city will issue the ID cards during normal business hours and two nights a week at City Hall.