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Tennessee IDs made for undocumented immigrants

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A Channel 4 undercover I-Team investigation uncovered a business selling Tennessee IDs to people who have no proof of their citizenship.

The IDs in question look similar to old Tennessee driver's licenses.

Sabrina Jacal, the owner of the business making the IDs, said she has no problem making the identification for undocumented immigrants.

“They are not in this country legally, you have no problem making them this ID?” asked chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley.

“Correct,” said Jacal.

Jacal owns Servicio Internacional in Antioch.

Two sources, who have seen the IDs, told Channel 4 it is well known in the undocumented immigrant population in Nashville that you can go to Servicio Internacional to get an identification card, even if you don't have proof of you who you are.

"All it takes is money," said the first source. Both sources asked Channel 4 to conceal their identity because they live and work in that community.

"They just look like regular IDs,” said the second source. "Getting these kinds of IDs; it's people faking who they're really supposed to be. We don't know who these people are.”

Servicio's advertisements online and fliers clearly state that they provide IDs.

The only entity authorized to make government IDs is the state of Tennessee.

The Channel 4 I-Team sent in two Spanish speaking men first carrying undercover cameras.

When they entered, a woman worked the front door said that they sell international driver's licenses as well as non-government IDs.

Both of the men working with the I-Team said that they had proof of who they are.

The woman at the front desk said all they needed was someone with an ID to vouch for them in order to get the ID.

Channel 4 then sent in a Spanish speaking man and a 22-year-old woman. The woman claimed she needed an ID but had no proof of her identity.

The man accompanying her did have an ID and said he would vouch for her.

The woman at the front desk said if they paid $85, the man could sign an affidavit and vouch for her identity.

The business then took a picture of the 22-year-old, $85 was paid and the ID was given.

The ID features a hologram across the front and is designed like the old Tennessee state ID.

On the old state IDs, there is a green stripe that reads “driver's license.” On the ID we purchased, on the green stripe it reads “non-governmental ID.”

The ID showed her date of birth and her address in Nashville. All of it was fictional.

Sources said it's easy for anyone to make up an identity and get the card.

“(Anyone can) get an ID and pretend to be someone else," our second source said.

Our sources said now that we had it, we needed to see why it is a problem.

The Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that all liquor stores can only accept state IDs or passports to sell alcohol.

Channel 4 accompanied the 22-year-old to a liquor store nearby.

The man at the counter asked to see the 22-year-old's ID. He looked closely, and remarked it was a good photo of her.

She walked out with a bottle of wine.

We then headed over to Club Ibiza.

Channel 4's two sources used to work at the club.

"Everyone get in with those IDs," said the second source.

The 22-year-old walked up to the bouncer outside with the ID which, again, showed that she was legal to drink, even though she didn't have to provide proof of her age.

The bouncer looked at the ID and allowed her to enter.

She walked right up to the bar and was served alcohol immediately.

"You're getting a lot of people not here from the U.S. getting these IDs, and the a lot of them are underage," the first source said.

The attorney for the owner of Ibiza said he had no comment, and Channel 4 is still waiting to hear from the owner of the liquor store.

But Sabrina Jacal, the owner of Servicio Internacional, did agree to answer Channel 4's questions.

"There will be people who will say you are basically making fake IDs for the undocumented population in this city," Finley asked.

"I'm saying you can twist and turn anything. I could probably find things that you do and twist it to be negative," Jacal said.

Jacal said when people buy the IDs, they're buying memberships for translation services.

In our repeated trips, no one mentioned anything about translation services.

In tiny words at the bottom of the ID, it reads that it is a membership ID.

On the back, it lists a number to call an interpreter.

Jacal said if other businesses take the ID as legit, that's their problem.

"There's nothing fake about it. As long as it's their real name and it's their correct date of birth, there's nothing fake about the id at all," Jacal said.

That's when Channel 4 told her that we'd sent in someone who made up everything.

“It is not my responsibility. Homeland Security is not in my office," Jacal said.

"Is there a Homeland Security concern? That people who don't have any proof of who they are, now have some kind of ID through your company?” Finley asked.

"If there was a Homeland Security issue, I'm a little person on the front lines," Jacal said.

Jacal said she plans to stay on the front line and keep selling the IDs to those without proof of being in the country legally.

"I didn't cause the problem. I've never caused the problem. They had the issue before they walked in," Jacal said.

CLICK HERE to see part two of the investigation.

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