If you are an immigrant living in New York City and you were hoping to process your municipal identification card, you should know that due to the high demand to request this document, appointments have been completely booked and will not be available until July or August.

As is known, this municipal card will allow approximately 500,000 undocumented immigrants living in New York to obtain access to several benefits, among which are: Entry to public buildings, opening a bank account in certain cooperatives and identifying themselves before police officers of the United States if they stop them.

Azucena López, a 35-year-old Mexican immigrant, said she waited hours last week to get an appointment to process the document. “It is something necessary. Everywhere they ask for identification. Above all, I need the card to enter my children’s school,” she pointed out.

A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said they are working to increase the capacity to process applications and reduce the wait time for appointments. “We are very encouraged by the extraordinary response of New Yorkers to the municipal ID program. The lawsuit demonstrates people’s confidence in this program, and the need for this type of identification,” he said.

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