The Fuquay-Varina Police Department is now accepting the Community Action ID Card issued by the Latino outreach organization, El Pueblo, as identification. The Community Action ID Card is a non-government form of identification that’s intended for undocumented immigrants. Prior to this collaboration, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Raleigh Police Department also accept the Community Action ID Card as identification.
“As the Fuquay-Varina Police Chief, it was important for me to see the vetting process and how other forms of identification were validated for individuals seeking the Community Action ID Card,” said Brandon Medina.
On Saturday, July 23rd, Chief Medina went to the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh where a Community Action ID Card event was being sponsored by the Center for Hispanic Families and El Pueblo.
“After attending the July 23rd event, I was pleased to see how El Pueblo staff members adhered to the strict process of verifying individuals' official documents. I even took the required steps and provided the documentation required to obtain a Community Action ID Card,” said Brandon Medina.
“We are proud to be able to undertake this work in cooperation with the Fuquay-Varina Police Department to make our community feel safer. We know that the ideal identification card would be a driver's license, but the Community Action ID is a step forward to create trust between the community and the authorities,” said Mónica Drasal- Hinton Project Coordinator at El Pueblo.
As of today, the Community Action ID card is accepted locally by Wake County Urban Ministries, Alliance Medical Ministry, and the Raleigh WYCA. El Pueblo and the Community Action ID Coalition are communicating with law enforcement and private organizations also accept them.
“We call on other medical institutions, businesses, pharmacies, and public schools, to accept this identification as valid and join this effort that benefits thousands of community residents,” said Maty Ferrer, director of the Center for Hispanic Families, which is also part of the ID Coalition.