According to officials, US immigration officials plan to issue photo identity cards to migrants in deportation proceedings to reduce the use of paper and help with their meetings and court hearings.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) proposal is still being developed as a pilot program, and it was not immediately clear how many of these IDs would be issued. The cards will not be an official form of federal identification and will state that they are to be used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Officials said the idea is that users can access information about their cases online using a card instead of a paper document, which is bulky and can be erased over time. He added that ICE agents can also conduct checks with the card on the ground.
“Switching to a secure card will save the agency millions of lives, free up resources and ensure that DHS officials can access information quickly, reducing the agency’s FOIA backlog,” a spokesperson said. In a statement from ICE, the department’s reply is pending, referring to public requests for documentation. According to government data, Homeland Security receives more Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests than any other federal agency, and many of them relate to migrant files.
The proposal has sparked a flurry of questions about the card’s use and the degree of its security. Some fear that the program could chase away those awaiting immigration court appointments, while others suggest they may be employed by human traffickers to make more people the dangerous journey north. be able to try
As part of a budget proposal for the next fiscal year, President Joe Biden’s administration is seeking $10 million to fund ICE’s so-called Secure Docket card. But it was unclear whether this line item would cover a pilot program or a wider program, or when it would launch.
The pressure on the executive has increased as the number of people trying to enter the country through its south-western border continues to grow. Border Patrol agents caught more than 1.1 million migrants between January and June, almost a third more than in the same period in 2021.