Houston Matters

Future of Municipal IDs Uncertain Under SB 4

How will the state’s new “sanctuary cities” bill affect potential programs for city-issued ID cards, which could be utilized by people in this country illegally?

El Paso’s City Council has voted against creating a municipal ID card program. Why? The city’s mayor — who voted against it — says he didn’t want El Paso to be perceived as a sanctuary city.

Municipal IDs are local ID cards issued by cities that could be used by a range of people, including those who are in this country illegally.

With the El Paso decision in mind — and with the state’s so-called “sanctuary cities” bill (SB 4) set to go into effect Sept. 1 — what’s the future of municipal ID programs in Houston and across Texas under the new law?

We talk with University of Houston political scientist Jeronimo Cortina about why these programs are so controversial.

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