The Biden Administration has created a new program for the identification of undocumented immigrants in the United States. The “ICE Secure Docket Card program” would provide these individuals with temporary ID cards as a national identification card system. They will be given to undocumented immigrants who are awaiting asylum. This new program will allow them to legally identify themselves as well as navigate the details of their immigration cases. Ultimately, the program was developed as a way to increase the efficiency of the immigration process and improve contact between undocumented immigrations, immigration authorities, and the government.
$10 million dollars has been allocated to this program in the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. These ID cards will display a photo, biographic information, and a QR code that will permit them to see their court information such as proceedings and immigration papers. This information will also make undocumented immigrants’ lives much easier. The cards could allow for better accessibility to housing, healthcare, and state benefit programs. In addition, they could travel by plane easier as well as it would pose as more verifiable and secure identification. While the ID cards would not be official identification forms, they will serve as a way for immigration officials to verify their identity and status. They will also allow illegal immigrants to check in with ICE virtually and digitally check the information of their immigration cases.