Nearly 1,000 Immigrants In Palm Beach County Now Have IDs

Jun 17, 2019

Ruth Funes tried for a year to open her own bank account but kept getting denied. The bank rejected the photo ID she brought with her from Honduras when she moved to the United States in 2004, she said, “My husband opened a (joint) account with me.”

But Funes still wants an account in her own name despite her lack of citizenship and legal residency. So on the morning of June 8, she joined hundreds of other undocumented immigrants to wait hours in a school gym for the chance to get a new local ID card that she hopes will help her achieve her financial goal, as reported by the Palm Beach Post.

More than 200 people, mostly immigrants without papers, stood in line in the basketball gymnasium of Saint Ann Catholic School near downtown West Palm Beach to apply for a community ID card, a new type of identification used in some cities across the nation.