A new national identification card program for unauthorized immigrants has been proposed by the Biden administration. The ‘ICE Secure Docket Card program’ will provide border crossers and other undocumented immigrants with temporary ID cards so they can identify themselves legally while they navigate through their immigration cases or court removal processes.
The ‘Secure Docket Cards’ which are named after the pilot program, will most likely include a photo, a bio, and a QR code that will allow the owner to see their court records and immigration records online. The details of this plan are still being planned out. Usually, since immigrants had to wait for longer periods for court appearances or had to physically ‘check-in’ at government offices at different phases of the process, the program is aimed at reducing the administrative burden of the immigration system. The present immigration system could be simplified, and illegal immigrants, government officials, and law enforcement personnel could all communicate more efficiently due to the national ID system.
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The new planned ID cards would make it simpler for illegal migrants to live their daily lives in the United States. Not having legal identification usually makes it more difficult for people to access basic needs including housing, healthcare, transportation, and state welfare programs. If the Transportation Security Administration approves the ID cards, it may also make it easier for unregistered immigrants to fly within the United States (TSA). Currently, some immigration-related documents are acknowledged by TSA as adequate forms of identification for travel.
The next appropriations bill by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) includes $10 million from the Biden administration for the trial program. The Democrats have to receive approval from Congress for the proposed plan to be in effect before the end of September 2023.
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