Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is planning to give “ICE ID” cards to illegal immigrants, leaked images have revealed.
New images obtained by Fox News show ID cards that will be given to illegal aliens by Biden’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The move comes as officials seek to track the unprecedented flood of illegal aliens being released into the U.S. after crossing the open Southern Border.
Plans for the ICE Secure Docket Card program were first reported last year.
ICE said will “modernize various forms of documentation provided to provisionally released noncitizens through a consistent, verifiable, secure card.”
Migrants who arrive at the border illegally are often not removed but instead released into the interior of the country.
When they are released, they are often given a number of documents depending on their situation.
The images show a card with room for a photograph, a QR code, and identifying information and security details, as well as the ICE logo in the top left corner.
ICE said the ID will have a photograph, biographic identifiers, and “cutting-edge” security features.
The federal agency says the aim of the cards is to “improve current, inconsistent paper forms that often degrade rapidly in real-world use.”
ICE said the program is still in development and would be considered for further expansion pending the outcome of the pilot.
The card could be used to check in and schedule reporting meetings with ICE.
The agency hopes that it can be used in the field to easily verify an alien’s identity and to see if they are deportable.
But the program has alarmed conservatives, however.
Many see the plan as part of an agenda for welcoming, rather than removing, those in the country illegally.
RJ Hauman, president of the National Immigration Center for Enforcement (NICE) and a visiting adviser at the Heritage Foundation, warns that the Biden admin needs to focus on fixing the crisis at the border, rather than rolling out the red carpet for illegals.
“ICE is a federal law enforcement agency, not the DMV,” Hauman said.
“When will Congress wake up and put an end to these open-borders, anti-enforcement programs that defy the agency’s mission and enable the crisis?”
“ICE should be arresting, detaining, and removing those who come here illegally, not doling out social services,” he said.
BREAKING REPORT: Leaked images reveal Biden admin's planned ICE ID card for illegal immigrants..
"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."… pic.twitter.com/WUfD367g0b
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) September 21, 2023
That echoes concerns expressed by lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee last year, who said they feared that it is “yet another Biden Administration move encouraging illegal immigration by rewarding illegal immigrants for breaking our laws.”
They also fear that the card will include QR codes that link to court documents and other information that they say raises security concerns “as well as questions regarding the likelihood that significant taxpayer resources will be diverted from immigration enforcement to uploading documents into and maintaining a secure system.”
ICE has pushed back against those concerns, however.
The agency claimed last year that the ID would not be an official form of federal identification and would only be used for DHS agencies
“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.
“For provisionally released noncitizens, the digital modernization will provide ongoing access to important immigration documents through the secure card and connected portal.”
The program comes as the crisis at the border has shown signs significantly of escalating.
Officials have been overwhelmed at the border in recent weeks as numbers have soared through August and September.
Multiple border sectors have been overwhelmed and have resorted to street releases of migrants in Tucson and San Diego.
On Wednesday, thousands of predominantly Venezuelan migrants surged into Eagle Pass, Texas.
They gathered under a bridge in the border town in the hope of being processed and released into the U.S.
Critics have blamed the crisis on the administration’s policies, including its moves to narrow enforcement priorities for ICE.
The administration has said Congress needs to provide more funding and reform a “broken” immigration system.