The LA Public Library website explains the requirement you must meet to be issued a card that allows a person to take out books and other materials
Library Cards are free to residents of California. You must, however, have photo identification with your name and current address. Identification can be a California driver’s license or an ID card issued by the DMV. ID cards issued by the Mexican, Argentinian and Korean consulates can be used as the sole ID requirement for obtaining a library card.
If you don’t have a driver’s license or ID card, then present two of the following, one of which must be a photo ID and one of which must have your current address: Passport, school ID card, other government issued photo ID, employee ID card, printed personal check, credit card statement, rental or property tax receipt, or business mail with current postmark.
Got none of the above because you are part of the underworld of illegal immigrants living without an identity and surviving in an underground economy, no problem.
We’ll accept almost anything that looks remotely like ID because keeping the doors of our libraries open — no small feat since it took a vote of the people to override the mayor and City Council’s to close them a third of time — and encouraging everyone to use the books, the computers, the access to knowledge in our libraries, that’s something we overwhelmingly support.
It is just a library card, not valid identification for anything else. But Richard Alarcon, the accused felon still being paid $15,000 and building credit for full lifetime pension and Herb Wesson, the smiling face of the ruthless use of power in LA, have proposed in the name of what they call “citizen literacy” to make the library card a “Universal City Services Card.”
If they have their way, they “would combine the use of a library card with a debit card and Work Source Center function . . . In the future, the Card can be expanded to add functionalities of additional Departments, and in the short term the card can be used as a tangible focus to begin coordinating financial literacy offerings at our Libraries and harnessing new technology to improve services.”
No such thing as a free lunch in the fantasies of Alarcon and Wesson, no sirree, they would make the poorest among us pay maybe 50 bucks for this library cards and even $2.99 a month more because they believe libraries should provide the “full spectrum of skills needed to fulfill the role of citizenship in the 21St century. These include reading and writing, but numeracy, financial literacy , and even as centers for ‘citizen literacy,’ with citizenship classes and voter registration, for example.”
It’s one thing to loan books to people whose identities are in question or let them use the computers in our libraries. If they abuse the privilege, they will soon be cut off but how many people steal from the libraries? OK, more than they should but it’s a cost of doing business.
But if you give someone identification with a photo and official government agency seal of approval, you ought to have a fair chance of knowing who the person is and how to find them.
That’s why in the absence of immigration reform that recognizes the reality of 15 or 20 illegal immigrants on the ground, sorts out the law-abiding, hard-working from the riffraff and criminal is the only sane answer to a national problem.
Barring that, the state — even a city like Los Angeles — could issue driver’s licenses, even “Universal City Services Cards” to anyone without regard to their status.
But we got to know who they really are.
Think about what the system knows about you, what it could know whenever it wants about whatever it wants about you and me. Every purchase on credit card. Everything you bought on Ralph’s Card. Every phone call. If you mattered enough, they could record every cell call, every sound in your home from a microphone far away, even a bee-sized drone overhead watch you.
And they wouldn’t need a search warrant.
Don’t you think we ought to have a picture and a thumb print, a birth certificate and some reasonably verifiable way to track you down before we give you a license to be a human being despite your immigration status. We could require the whole family to step forward and be identified, even require classes in rights and responsibilities
Guys like Alarcon and Wesson — professional politicians incapable of doing anything else to earn a living, certainly not do the work the poor people they pretend to speak for are doing — will say and do anything to please their benefactors.
Read the motion they put forward yourself — it goes on and on about literacy — but it is a dishonest and wrongheaded way to deal with a real problem.
Quite simply, they are liars — and cowards, for that matter.
If I had the power Herb Wesson has these days, I would set up the Department of Driver Licenses of Illegal Immigrants and we would do what we should do for all of what are roughly 10 percent of the population of Los Angeles:
We would demand to know who they are, photos, fingerprints, records and we would give them and their families identification and a big warm welcome.
Citizens of Los Angeles. We would free them from exploitation and require them to make their way through life as well as they can, obeying, the law, paying taxes, bringing their culture and values into the mix, raising their kids with hope instead of driving them into gangs — and biding their time until the day comes when we judge people for who they are as individuals and hold them to standards at least as high as most of the rest of us.
Reporter Catherine Saillant at the LA Times just discovered this radical proposal a month after the Alarcon-Wesson cabal proposed it (that’s because if you read the motion it does somersaults and contortions to conceal its purpose):
“Los Angeles officials are considering a plan to turn the library card into a form of identification that the city’s large illegal immigrant population could use to open bank accounts and access an array of city services. The City Council last month voted unanimously to study the plan … “
For the “estimated 300,000 residents who don’t have bank accounts or debit cards,” she reports, the ID card would include a user’s name, address and a photograph, and would be issued through the city’s libraries. The city would partner with a private vendor to set up bank accounts for those who want to use the library ID as a debit card.”
Who would be eligible: “Anyone able to provide proof of L.A. residency would be eligible for the library card.”
Like a bill or a piece of mail to an address in the city – anything at all because these are people who are being ripped off by payday lenders and others because they don’t have direct deposit, international and domestic money transfers and the debit function like the rest of us at banks.
That’s the view of the leading proponent of this shot into the hearts of all those who are legal, who are taxpaying, who are law-abiding and caring – none other than Councilman Richard Alarcon, the accused perjurer and felon whose position has allowed him to stall his trial endlessly while he runs for another public office and put his ambitious daughter into a city commission paying her a six-figure income looking for a chance to run for the Council herself.
“They can be scammed and taken advantage of,” Alarcon said. “This will help end that.”
Alarcon said it would help promote “financial literacy” among immigrants. “We test students all the time on academic ability,” he said. “But we don’t determine if they are capable of handling their financial affairs. The foreclosure crisis demonstrated that there are a lot of people who are not.”
Really? A lot of illegal immigrants bought houses at the height of the housing boom and are being hard hit by foreclosures by banks who lent them hundreds of thousands of dollars without identification of any sort?
“The cards would not be a substitute for driver’s licenses and would not provide any protection from deportation by federal immigration authorities,” the Times reassures readers.
No a driver’s license would make sense, this proposal does not. These people are out of their minds in proposing this even if they don’t really mean it.
There is such a thing as right and wrong and you can be sure 99 percent of illegal immigrants know difference that Alarcon, Wesson and the people who want this don’t.