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New ID Card For Immigrants at Border?

Written By Lisa Shea, Esq.

The Biden Administration has announced that it is working on a new ID card for immigrants at the border with Mexico.  This card would carry information allowing immigration officials to access information about a person’s case files and would be a travel card as well.  It would have the immigrant’s name, nationality, photo, and QR code and would allow the immigrant to log into a website to access ICE reporting requirements, court hearings, and case updates. 

If the pilot program is successful, it may be expanded to apply to other immigrants.  While there are privacy concerns, it will be more convenient than current technologies, including GPS bracelets and phone check-ins.  Given that there are 1.6 million pending immigration cases and a long wait for court dates, this new technology may keep immigrants in touch with their cases ensuring better due process for the individual and greater efficiency for the system, and less in abstentia deportation orders.



Lisa Shea is a shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. She is leading the firm’s Immigration practice, as well as Immigration Chair for the Prince William County Bar Association.  If you have additional questions or concerns contact Lisa Shea at or call us at 703-335-2009.

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