The Biden administration wants to provide temporary identification cards to illegal immigrants who are awaiting final decisions on their cases, Axios reported.
Officials are considering a pilot program that would help immigrants access housing, health care, transportation and other benefits, two government sources told Axios.
The program also would encourage more frequent communication with law enforcement throughout the legal process, the sources added.
The fiscal year 2023 appropriations bill included $10 million for the program, called the “ICE Secure Docket Card program.”
“The ICE Secure Docket Card program is part of a pilot program to modernize various forms of documentation provided to provisionally released noncitizens through a consistent, verifiable, secure card,” an ICE spokesperson told Axios.
With Republicans currently favored to take control of the House in the November midterms, the administration is hoping to get needed Congressional approval before the end of September.
Details of the program, and who would be enrolled, have not been finalized.
Axios reported that ID cards would be provided to migrants not in detention centers, and other unauthorized people going through the immigration or removal processes after they illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more at Newsmax.