Joe Guzzardi: ICE ID card proposal documents ‘undocumented’ | Opinions


President Joe Biden’s eagerness to welcome millions of illegal migrants around the world knows no bounds.

Not only are people from all corners of the world welcome to come and settle in the United States at taxpayer expense, but now Biden wants to issue every migrant with official government ID cards.

With quasi-official status available, mostly poor, unskilled, non-English speaking illegal immigrants will be more willing than ever to pay the cartel’s criminal smugglers for their dangerous and often deadly journeys north.

The pilot program, overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will be called the ICE Secure Docket Card program.

Today’s ICE agency is not the traditional one that protected American citizens from the dangers that illegal immigrants could pose to the community. Instead, Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ ICE gutted Homeland Law Enforcement and successfully ended expedited deportation, the process by which the Department of Homeland Security may expel, without formal procedure, a foreigner who has entered illegally or sought to enter without authorized documents or by fraud.

The authority of DHS has been a staple of immigration law for more than a quarter century.

If approved, the new ID card will feature a photograph, biographical identifiers and what ICE calls “advanced security features for the mutual benefit of government and non-citizens.”

Since “aliens,” a word used throughout immigration law, is banned in Biden administration nomenclature, “non-citizens” or “undocumented” are used in its place. But with the ICE ID card, ‘sans-papiers’ will also become overwhelmed. Illegal immigrants will not only have documents, but official credentials, approved and issued by the federal government.

More than a million illegal immigrants have been released inland since Biden’s inauguration, each of them potentially carrying an ID card.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said the cards won’t help immigration officials, but in addition to giving coyotes another magnet to lure their naïve customers to their website, they allow illegal immigrants to enter the United States. Citizenship and Immigration Service to help them process their employment authorization documents.

ICE’s defense of its card – that it will provide “mutual benefit to government and non-citizens” – lacked hard evidence and is blatantly transparent.

No benefits for the government have been specified, but the benefits for foreigners are obvious. They immediately go from “undocumented” to fully documented, at least in the eyes of the institutions that will benefit from card recognition – most federal, state and municipal governments, commercial banks, mortgage lenders, landlords, some employers and others favor illegal immigration. .

The ICE representative who spoke to the media about the ID presented it in the most positive light. According to the representative, illegal immigrants could use the card to register and schedule reporting dates with ICE offices and immigration court hearing dates.

But the conclusion that the map will help plan immigration court hearings is overstated. The Ministry of Justice fact sheet revealed that only around 49% of illegal aliens show up for their hearings. With or without ID, this statistic is unlikely to change.

And if illegal immigrants appear and are ordered deported, that does not guarantee that they will leave. With the ID card, they are more likely than ever to stay.

Critics have concluded that, despite the risks to the nation it would pose, the Biden administration’s ultimate goal is to eliminate existing immigration laws. The identity card is the last example.

Kent Lundgren, a retired border patrol officer and board member of the Center for Immigration Studies, explained why immigration laws exist to protect Americans and legal immigrants. These protections fall into four broad categories: public health, public safety, national security, and jobs and wages.

Biden, his cabinet, administration and advisers have ignored — at sovereign America’s risk — the main reasons why previous congresses passed and former presidents codified immigration laws.

— Joe Guzzardi is an analyst and researcher at Progressives for Immigration Reform who now lives in Pittsburgh. He can be reached at [email protected] and, or follow him on Twitter: @joeguzzardi19. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.


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