Phoenix, United States – Maria Cruz Ramirez remembers how fearful she was when she first arrived in the United States with her three children 13 years ago.
She wouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car, afraid police would pull her over and ask for papers. It was difficult getting used to not belonging, but she overstayed her visa to give her children a chance at a better life.
“It’s like being invisible, like being no one,” Ramirez, a Mexican immigrant, told Al Jazeera. “No one takes you into account if you don’t have documents to back you up.”
Ramirez shared her story with members of a human relations commission in Phoenix, which is considering the creation of a local ID that would be accepted by police as a form of documentation, and would help members of the immigrant community feel safe and more likely to trust law enforcement.