The Biden administration intends to provide illegal immigrants in the United States a temporary identification card so they can access government benefits while they wait for final decisions on their cases.
The program, titled the “ICE Secure Docket Card program,” would be funded with $10 million from the Biden administration’s fiscal year 2023 appropriations bill, which states, “$10,000,000 for the ICE Secure Docket Card program to allow noncitizens access to immigration files and documents.”
“The ICE Secure Docket Card program is part of a pilot program to modernize various forms of documentation provided to provisionally released noncitizens through a consistent, verifiable, secure card,” an ICE spokesperson told Axios. “The cards would feature a photo and biographic identifiers. It would also include ‘cutting-edge security features.”
According to Axios, the details of the program are not yet finalized, but “[g]enerally, I.D. cards would be provided to migrants not in detention centers who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border or others without legal status going through the lengthy immigration or removal court processes.”
“If given the green light, there could be even bigger potential uses for such I.D. cards down the line,” Axios noted. “They could be presented to TSA agents to allow unauthorized immigrants to more easily travel by plane or to access certain state benefit programs.”
The news comes as illegal immigration remains at record high levels with illegal immigration in fiscal year 2022 already outpacing the previous year. Additionally, the number of gotaways in fiscal year 2022 – a term used by Customs and Border Protection for illegal immigrants who evaded capture – has also greatly exceeded fiscal year 2021.
“Per DHS sources, there have been over 500,000 known gotaways at the border since FY’22 began on 10/1, far eclipsing the 389,155 gotaways Secretary Mayorkas reported in all of FY’21. Approx 900,000 gotaways since FY’21 began, bigger than population of San Francisco,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter.
NEW: Per DHS sources, there have been over 500,000 known gotaways at the border since FY’22 began on 10/1, far eclipsing the 389,155 gotaways Secretary Mayorkas reported in all of FY’21.
Approx 900,000 gotaways since FY’21 began, bigger than population of San Francisco. @FoxNews
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 25, 2022