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New York City ID card may aid immigrants, homeless

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NEW YORK (AP) - So here's something for all those who consider themselves card-carrying New Yorkers: a card to carry.

Legislation to create a municipal ID is making its way through the City Council. The program would help immigrants in the country illegally, the homeless and others who struggle to get government-issued identification.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has spoken out in favor of the program. He has included $8 million in his budget to help fund it.

But supporters say its success depends on the participation of people who don't need it. Otherwise, users could be stigmatized.

They want to give residents incentives and discounts to unique New York experiences, such as cultural institutions and Restaurant Week.

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