What Are the Potential Abuses Involved With Immigration ID Cards?


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Immigration identification cards are vulnerable to such abuses as falsification of identity and potentially unauthorized access to government services, according to the International Business Times. New York City rolled out a city identification card in January 2015 to allow access to services and acknowledged these concerns.

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The IDNYC program is aimed at all residents of the city, as over 50 percent of the city's residents over 16 years of age don't have driver's licenses issued by the state. The city also has more than 500,000 illegal immigrants in its boundaries. The program provides cards free of charge to all applicants, and the cards are valid for five years, notes the International Business Times.

In order to prevent fraudulent application or use, the IDNYC program requires applicants to furnish their original passports and birth certificates as proof of identity. They must also provide proof of residency in New York City. The cards have an embedded hologram, the signature of the applicant and two different photographs of the applicant. The purpose of these features is to prevent illegal transfer of the card to another party, the International Business Times states. The hope is to allow better government tracking of everyone living in the city, although illegal immigrants are the biggest target due to their lack of other forms of identification.

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