DHS Under Biden Administration to Issue Photo ID Cards to Undocumented Immigrants for ‘Access to Essential Services’

In Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) recent annual report, a subtle disclosure outlines intentions to distribute ID cards to undocumented immigrants, granting them entry to various services. Known as the ICE Secure Docket Card (SDC) project, this effort seeks to furnish noncitizens with a resilient, standardized card upon release, simplifying their access to crucial immigration-related documents and services.

“The ICE Secure Docket Card (SDC) project … offers a uniform, durable card provided to noncitizens upon release, and facilitates reliable access to commonly lost or damaged immigration-related paperwork,” the report details.

CNN outlined that this card, acting as an identification tool, could potentially be utilized for future air travel, as suggested by an unnamed Department of Homeland Security representative.

An ICE representative underscored that the SDC initiative is a component of a larger initiative to modernize documentation for temporarily released noncitizens. The card is set to include photographs, biographical information, and advanced security features, offering advantages to both the government and noncitizens.

“The SDC is “part of a pilot program to modernize various forms of documentation provided to provisionally released noncitizens through a consistent, verifiable, secure card.”

“The secure card will contain a photo, biographic identifiers, and cutting-edge security features to the mutual benefit of the government and noncitizens,” the statement said.

Recognizing that the details of the program are still in the developmental stage, ICE conveyed its intention to broaden the initiative contingent on its preliminary results.

In the House Appropriations Committee report from last year, $10 million was allocated for the SDC program as a component of the 2023 DHS appropriations bill.

Nevertheless, John Fabbricatore, a former ICE official and advisory board member at the National Immigration Center for Enforcement, voiced criticism against the program, interpreting it as a normalization of illegal immigration. He proposed that the Biden administration seeks to reduce face-to-face interactions between illegal immigrants and DHS.

“It’s a normalization of illegal immigration,” Fabbricatore told Breitbart, adding that “the ultimate goal of the Biden administration is to limit illegal aliens’ face-to-face contact with DHS as much as possible.”

In spite of heightened efforts, data from Customs and Border Protection for fiscal year 2023 revealed 3.2 million border encounters, of which almost 2.5 million took place at the southern border—an unprecedented peak in U.S. history.

The ongoing trend continues, as the southern border sees record-breaking daily crossings this month.