The same New Jersey town where the alleged recent New York terror bomber planted several pipe bombs, and his family has lived for years, is close to issuing official ID cards to illegal immigrants, transgender claimants and others, with just the barest of proof needed.
Elizabeth, New Jersey will bring for a final vote a municipal ordinance to authorize identification cards for “unauthorized” immigrants and others. The town will issue the cards for just $15 to anyone who claims to be a resident.
The town ordinance provides that identity and age can be proven by various documents including foreign consulate letters or “any other documentation that the administering (social services) agency deems acceptable.” The ordinance will allow cardholders to show residence with any document like a utility bill, letter from a homeless shelter or an apartment lease, all of which would presumably be presumed valid.
The cards will allow the holder to declare not only his name, address, and date of birth, but also his/her preferred gender. The ordinance is silent on any mechanism to effectively verify any of this information.
The vote is expected in November.
Elizabeth was the site of Ahmad Khan Rahami’s planned bombing last month of a trash can outside its downtown train station. The bombs were discovered before they detonated. Rahami has been charged with setting off two other groups of bombs which exploded and caused minor property damage and injuries to several dozen people in midtown Manhattan last month, and along a veterans’ benefit road race on the New Jersey shore the same day.
Rahami also lived with his family in a modest house in Elizabeth also housing a fried chicken fast food restaurant. Rahami is currently in custody and has been charged with terror related crimes in both federal court in Manhattan and state court in Union County, New Jersey.