Cincinnati City Council passed a
resolution May 11 recognizing coming alternate photo ID cards supplied
by a group of social service organizations for the homeless,
undocumented immigrants, those recently returning from incarceration and
others who face challenges getting standard state IDs.
struggle carries a number of consequences for OTR residents, advocates
say, influencing decisions about grocery shopping, childcare, work and
even whether long-time community members feel welcome in or are able to
stay in the neighborhood.
Mayor John Cranley and the Task Force on
Immigration he convened last year announced a series of recommendations
on Oct. 28 aimed at making Cincinnati the most welcoming city in the
country for immigrants.
During a contentious city council meeting
on Aug. 24, Cincinnati City Council moved along one proposal for
amending the city’s governing charter, putting it on the November ballot
for voters to approve. But questions remain about whether four other
proposals will also find their way to the ballot.
Cincinnati City Council’s Budget and Finance
Committee on June 15 wrangled over the city’s upcoming $1 billion
budget, passing the operating portion of that financial plan but leaving
a fight over capital spending for another day.