New civic IDs confuse restaurateurs looking to avoid illegal hires

NEW HAVEN Conn. A new program of awarding residency cards to local inhabitants regardless of their immigration status may be confusing restaurateurs when they attempt to verify workers’ employment eligibility under federal law, according to an industry official.

Yet that complication hasn’t stopped a number of other cities—including New York, San Francisco and Houston—from considering nearly identical initiatives.

Under the ID card program, which

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