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Supporters Discuss Plan for Iowa City ID Cards

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Supporters are meeting to discuss a plan in Iowa City to provide municipal identification cards to residents who are in the country illegally and others who lack documentation.

The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa is holding a public forum Friday evening to discuss the proposal, which has been recommended a diversity committee and the city's human rights commission.

The group says community IDs would help immigrants, the elderly, homeless and low-income residents who lack documentation necessary to obtain city services or complete tasks such as opening bank accounts and renting apartments.

The city is reviewing similar ordinances that have been established in a handful of cities nationwide, including New Haven, Conn., and San Francisco. Iowa City would be the first municipality in Iowa to adopt such a program.

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