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Teamsters Cheer Municipal ID Proposal: “¡Si Se Puede!”

Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda
Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda

NEW YORK, NY – Upon news of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for municipal identification cards, Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda had the following statement. Teamsters Joint Council 16 represents 120,000 workers in greater New York.

“Today, the mayor proposed providing municipal identification cards for any New Yorker, regardless of immigration status. This visionary proposal will bring vulnerable New Yorkers out of the shadows, and one step closer to full participation in civic and commercial life. The Teamsters are committed to helping this become law.

“New York is a city of immigrants. Without our immigrant communities, not only would we lose the art, culture, food, and values that make us New Yorkers, our city would literally cease to function. Immigrants, many of them undocumented, do the jobs that run New York – but they do them without the rights and recognition from the city that they deserve.

“With municipal ID cards, undocumented and other New Yorkers will have access to banks, schools, other public and private buildings, and essential services. This is a big step toward a more equal city.

“Thank you to Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, and Council Members Dromm and Menchaca for leading this historic cause. Can we do it? ¡Si Se Puede!”