“Roman Catholic parishes in Texas are providing church-issued identification cards to illegal immigrants who, because of their status, are not eligible for ID issued by the state. Police in Dallas, as well as nearby Carrollton and Farmers Branch have been officially given discretion to accept the church-issued cards as valid identification.
As recommended by the Diocese of Dallas, the ID cards include the applicant’s photograph, date of birth, address, church logo and church membership number. On a recent weekend, 300 persons received cards at San Juan Diego parish in Dallas. According to Dallas News, approximately 500 applications for IDs were received at a recent parish event. San Juan Diego parish requires ID applicants who are 18 years or older to first become active church members for at least six months. They must also provided active or expired government-issued photo ID from their country of origin and be accompanied by a legal U.S. resident or citizen who can vouch for their identity.
Mary Immaculate Catholic parish in Farmers Branch is also providing church-issued IDs.
This followed a November 2017 interfaith event at Mary Immaculate Catholic parish in Farmers Branch, which is a northern suburb of Dallas. Catholic Bishop Edward Burns processed into the church in the company of police chiefs from Dallas, Carrollton and Farmers Branch and told about 1,500 people assembled there that officers had been given the discretion to accept the church-issued ID cards. In addition, police officials told the crowd that their officers would take into consideration library cards, church membership cards, and utility bills as acceptable forms of identification despite a state law that bans so-called sanctuary cities in Texas.”