The U.S. government is preparing a document that will serve as identification for undocumented immigrants awaiting a final decision on their asylum applications in the United States.
The name of the ID is Secure Docket Card
The document will help people who cross the border often have no way to identify themselves. This makes it difficult for them to access housing, medical care, and transportation while their immigration status is being resolved.
This would be a pilot program to alleviate some of these situations and encourage more frequent communication with authorities during the complicated judicial process.
The document would be called a “Secure Docket Card” issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
It will also have a QR code
It will contain the name and nationality of the released migrant, as well as a QR code that allows access to an application where the relevant immigration and judicial information of the identified person will be registered. In addition, they will be able to update their information and keep in contact with federal authorities.
In addition, the authorities will seek to include a photo and other personal data of the identified person.
Regarding the document, ICE said in a statement that its Secure Docket Card (SDC) will be a tool to modernize the forms of documentation.
Still working out how it will happen
“The details of the program are still under development, but the primary goal of SDC is to improve current, inconsistent paper forms that often degrade quickly in real-world use. Pending the outcome of the pilot program, ICE will consider further expansion,” the document states.
Asylum seekers may be protected
The Axios portal advanced that this document will also allow “unauthorized immigrants, as well as asylum seekers, to prove, if detained by authorities, that they are already registered in the immigration system.”
In addition, it would “incentivize illegal immigrants to provide accurate information about their location” and voluntarily register in exchange for the benefits offered by the document.
They could have the opportunity to fly
It could even eventually be used to allow migrants to fly, as it would serve as valid identification before the TSA in order to board an airplane. However, it would not be a valid document for voting, as it is a right for U.S. citizens.
The House of Representatives has already allocated a budget of $10 million to the bill for the 2023 fiscal year.