In a further move to scrap unnecessary ID paperwork, U.S. immigrants will be issued with unofficial ID cards to maintain a record of deportation court proceedings.
Rather than an official form of ID for immigrants, the cards will aid the Department of Homeland Security in establishing progress with immigrant deportation appeals. Immigrants will also have ownership over their own ID card to access information regarding their cases online which will slowly phase out cumbersome paperwork.
A spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement which is driving the proposal for a pilot project said: “Moving to a secure card will save the agency millions, free up resources, and ensure information is quickly accessible to DHS officials while reducing the agency’s FOIA backlog” as Homeland Security receives more requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act than other federal agencies.
Republican critics and social media users have been particularly vocal against the plans to streamline data sharing during the deportation process.
Conservative observer, Tomi Lahren published a Tweet mocking the proposals under Joe Biden’s administration, saying Biden “wants to give illegals ID cards so they can start collecting American benefits. Only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections and there is no evidence that ID cards facilitate higher voter fraud or enable immigrants to access citizen benefits.