How is Mayor Pete’s ID card for ‘undocumented immigrants’ different from much-maligned voter IDs?

How is Mayor Pete’s ID card for ‘undocumented immigrants’ different from much-maligned voter IDs?
Pete Buttigieg (Image: YouTube screen grab via NBC News)

One of the Left’s arguments against voter ID laws is that obtaining a card will prove a hardship for minority voters who will have to jump through hoops to get them and will thus be disenfranchised. The argument is ludicrous since the cards could always be mailed, but riddle me this: If voter ID cards constitute a hardship because they are so difficult to come by, how is it that Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s identification cards for illegal aliens in South Bend don’t?

The cards, intended according to the South Bend Tribune to “ease life for ‘undocumented immigrants,'” were proposed in 2016 by a nonprofit Latino advocacy group called La Casa de Amistad. Buttigieg worked closely with the group “to create a ‘Community Resident Card,’ which was distributed to the city’s 4,000 illegal aliens … who can’t obtain state ID cards or driver’s licenses because they lack needed documentation of their legal residency in the United States.”

NBC News, which hailed the cards as “Buttigieg’s big accomplishment that he never mentions on the campaign trail,” praised the plan, which Buttigieg jump-started by signing “an executive order requiring local services and institutions — like law enforcement, schools, the water utility and libraries — to accept the card as a valid form of identification.”

Since both stories appeared, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit to obtain the records of the individuals who received the IDs. The suit names both Buttigieg and La Casa de Amistad. According to Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:

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Mayor Buttigieg’s city administration in South Bend is in cover-up mode on his work for special ID cards to make it easier for illegal aliens to stay in the United States contrary to law. Judicial Watch made simple open records requests and have faced nothing but games from the Buttigieg administration – which is why we had to sue.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."