New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is ready to issue photo identification cards to illegal immigrants.
The “IDNYC” cards, which among other benefits will also give illegal immigrants discounted theater tickets and one-year memberships to cultural institutions, will be available free of charge in January 2015. The de Blasio administration is also in the process of securing more benefits for cardholders.
De Blasio, who has said he is willing to “continue the conversation” on granting non-citizens voting rights in city elections, touted the enhanced security features of the new ID cards.
“A great deal of analysis and care went into ensuring our IDNYC card is strong on privacy and security, while providing access to as many people as possible,” de Blasio said in a statement. “We want New Yorkers to feel proud to carry this card in their wallet, but also to feel confident knowing that their information is safe and secure.”