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Sanctuary Cities Provide Safe Haven for Undocumented Immigrants

In the eyes of the federal government, Carlos is still an undocumented immigrant.

But four years ago, the city of New Haven, Conn., issued Carlos -- his real name has been changed at his request due to privacy concerns -- its own form of documentation: a municipal ID. The ID allowed him, for the first time, to open a bank account, apply for hospital services, check out library books, access city beaches and parks and even take a cross-country flight.

"We feel like we've been given an identity in the United States," Carlos said.


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