Make the Road New Jersey Celebrates Passage of Roselle Municipal ID Program as Victory for Immigrant Rights
Roselle is the Second Municipality in the State to Offer IDs to All Residents
For Immediate Release
October 21, 2015
Contact: Sara Cullinane, Make the Road New Jersey (Spanish and English): 908-768-4991. Photos available upon request
Roselle, NJ – On Wednesday evening, dozens of Roselle residents, including immigrant families from Make the Road New Jersey, an immigrant rights organization based in Union County and a member organization of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, gathered to witness Roselle City Council pass Mayor Christine Dansereau’s Municipal ID program for Roselle residents into law. Municipal ID cards are an important step toward raising the quality of life for vulnerable and marginalized residents, including immigrants, and Mayor Dansereau’s law will make a powerful difference for thousands of Roselle residents. Increasingly, identification requirements gate-keep almost every aspect of daily life – from opening a bank account to gaining hospital admission, from picking up a package at the post office to picking up your children at school.
Graciela Idrovo, member of Make the Road New Jersey, who testified at the hearing, said: "Tonight we celebrate Roselle and all of its diversity. Municipal IDs will give all Roselle residents, including immigrants, seniors and students, access to ID to open bank accounts, enter government buildings and feel comfortable approaching law enforcement. As a Roselle resident and immigrant mother of two, I thank Mayor Dansereau for her leadership and for helping to make Roselle a truly inclusive community."
Johanna Calle, Program Coordinator for the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, a state-wide coalition of 24 faith, labor and community groups said: "We applaud the Mayor and City Council of Roselle for approving this program. This policy affirms to all residents of the City of Roselle that they exist, that they belong, and that their city embraces them with open arms. We hope other cities follow this model and promote city pride and inclusion across the state."
Roselle’s ID program is scheduled to begin issuing IDs during Thanksgiving week. It is the second municipality in New Jersey, after Newark, to offer IDs to all residents.