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An officer with the Greensboro Police Department and a FaithAction client get photos taken for their identification cards. Below: A woman poses with her photo ID card from FaithAction International House, an organization that serves immigrants in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photos by Todd Drake (the-equalist.com).

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An ID card turns strangers into neighbors

I’m sitting at the back of a church hall full of people, and the only people facing me are the ones at the podium up front and a handful of toddlers perched on laps. One little girl has pigtails sticking straight up from her head; she smiles at me when we make eye contact.

The people gathered this morning are mostly immigrants, many undocumented. They are here to get a photo ID card distributed by FaithAction International House, an organization that serves and advocates for immigrants in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I live. FaithAction ID cards are recognized by our police department and by other local organizations and businesses. They provide a much-needed means of identification for people who aren’t able to access government-issued IDs.

 

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