Demand high for Milwaukee municipal IDs

Posted at 6:28 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 19:32:08-05

The demand for the municipal ID offered by the City of Milwaukee has been so high that the city is expanding its hours for those interested in applying for one.

To help with the demand, the licensing department is adding walk-in hours on Saturday, February 25th and Saturday, March 4th. On those days, City Hall will be open for those without appointments from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

Milwaukee Alderman Jose Perez, who co-sponsored the program, says people are jumping at the chance to be counted. Perez said "people want to be connected. People are feeling more a part of the city. We think it's a good thing for people to have. The demand is overwhelming, and I think people want to identify who they are, they want to be counted."

Emanuel Hernandez was waiting in the City Hall licensing office Tuesday with his mother. He told TODAY'S TMJ4 she is not a citizen and this card is the best option for her.

Hernandez, who himself is a part of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, says he is increasingly worried about Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's decision to have deputies enforce immigration laws. While he knows the card does not prove legal residency, Hernandez says "law enforcement, that's the first thing they ask for, so it's better to have something than not to have nothing at all."

The Milwaukee City ID cards are not accepted at polling sites on election day. The cards cost $10. So far 717 cards have been issued, and more than 250 applications are currently being processed.

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