Immigrants can connect with IDNYC

Surrounded by beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and their supporters, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a news conference in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia sued Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation — an act Washington state’s attorney general called part of a “dark time for our country.”
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The Mayor’s Office says undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants, including eight million New Yorkers, can connect with IDNYC.

“IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents, which gives all of us the opportunity to show who we are—New Yorkers,” the office said.

“As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures the peace of mind and access to city services that come from having recognized identification,” it added.

“IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities — the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID,” the Mayor’s Office continued.

It said IDNYC cardholders can access services and programs offered by the city, as well as by businesses.

IDNYC helps enhance public safety, by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Office said.

It also said IDNYC also helps New Yorkers gain access to all city buildings that provide services to the public, and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services.

Additionally, the Mayor’s Office said IDNYC also provides “a dynamic series of benefits to cardholders, including a free one-year membership at many of the City’s leading museums, zoos, concert halls and botanical gardens.”

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