According to reports, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is developing a pilot program to issue photo ID cards to migrants awaiting deportation proceedings. The cards would not serve as a federal ID for other purposes.

The program is pursuant to the Biden administration’s request for $10 million for the “ICE Secure Docket Card” program in next fiscal year’s budget. An ICE spokesperson 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 [Freedom of Information Act] backlog.”

Some House Republicans are “probing” the “reckless” plan, citing worries that the ID cards would be used to “improperly access benefits such as housing, healthcare, and transportation,” among other concerns. In a letter to ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson, the Republican lawmakers have requested a briefing and all documents related to the ICE Secure Docket Card program.

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