I Got an IDNYC Card in 20 Minutes, and So Can You

A sample of the New York City ID card.
Update, 4/7/15: Two Village Voice staffers received our IDNYC cards over the weekend — just ten days after we applied. Huzzah!

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In the days following the launch of Mayor Bill de Blasio's IDNYC initiative — the most expansive municipal identification program in the country — New Yorkers flocked to enrollment centers like pigeons gobbling up breadcrumbs.

And admittedly, the crumbs aren't half bad: The IDNYC card entitles residents of New York City to free one-year memberships (for the 2015 calendar year) at cultural institutions like the Bronx Zoo, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Public Theater, MoMA P.S.1, the New York City Ballet, and more. You can use the card at the New York, Queens, and Brooklyn public library systems. And most importantly, the card can be used as proof of identification, no matter your immigration status. They'll even waive the proof-of-residency requirement for victims of domestic abuse and the homeless.

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The New York City Council Just Revolted Against the Feds, and They're Not the First

Categories: Immigration, NYPD

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New York City law enforcement will largely cease cooperating with controversial immigration detainer requests.
For years now, local police departments have been playing an increasingly pivotal role in enforcing federal immigration laws.

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De Blasio Sends Help to Immigration Court; Cuomo Signs Bill to Prosecute Shady 'Notarios'

Categories: Immigration

Tessa Stuart
Left to right: Cyrus Vance, Cesar A. Perales, Phyllis Coven, Marcos Crespo, Jorge Montalvo, and Kevin Sullivan
An estimated 10,000 undocumented and unaccompanied children caught at the U.S-Mexico border in the last 11 months will be fast-tracked through deportation hearings at New York's federal immigration court over the course of the next year. To each new child who appears in court for the first time, a judge repeats the same refrain: Here is a list of lawyers who offer free or very low cost legal assistance -- do not go to a notario for help.

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There Has Been a 4,000% Increase in Ankle-Monitoring of Women in New York This Year

Categories: Immigration

Tessa Stuart
One mother with an ATD ankle monitor.
New York's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement field office has dramatically increased the number of women whose movements it is tracking via GPS-enabled ankle monitors this year, according to statistics provided to the Voice.

In 2012 ICE put only 24 ankle monitors on women in New York; in 2013 that number decreased slightly, to just 18. This year, though, the New York field office has put a staggering 719 women in ankle monitors — a 3,894 percent increase year to year.

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Five Unaccompanied Children To Be Deported From New York, The First Since Hearings Began

Categories: Immigration
Between October 2013 and July 2014, 62,998 unaccompanied children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Customs and Border Protection. An estimated 10,000 of those children are being released to family members or sponsors in New York state, where they must appear before a judge (and opposite an Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer) to make their case for remaining in this country.

On August 22, a week and a half after expedited hearings began in New York's federal immigration court, five teenagers were ordered back to their home countries after failing to show up for their initial hearings. These are the first deportations of the so-called "surge docket."

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"DREAMers" in New York City Less Likely to be Approved For Relief from Deportation, at Least So Far

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Applicants for a deportation deferment program, sometimes called "DREAMers," are having less success in New York City.
New York City is running a below average approval rate for undocumented immigrants seeking relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to a report from a Brookings Institution researcher.

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ICE Is Fitting Immigrant Mothers with Ankle Monitors When They Arrive in New York

Categories: Immigration

Tessa Stuart
Dariela Bueso and her daughter Andrea.
Wednesday marked the start of the "surge docket," expedited immigration hearings for unaccompanied minors from Central America caught crossing the Southern border since October of last year. The courtroom looked a little different on Friday: instead of children who crossed the border alone, undocumented mothers accused of entering the country illegally with their children appeared before a judge at 26 Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan.

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Expedited Immigration Hearings Basically a "Conveyor Belt to Deportation"

Categories: Immigration
Some 52,000 unaccompanied infants, children and teens have been apprehended along the United States' Southern border since October of last year, and twenty nine of them appeared in federal immigration court in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday. They represent the first wave of some 10,000 individual cases that advocates estimate will be heard in New York in the next year. More »

Deported Too Soon: Report Says Fed Immigration Authorities are Violating New York Law [Updated]

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Report says immigrants are being denied basic rights.

Immigrant detainees are routinely deported from New York State before all legal remedies have been exhausted, according to a report released this week by the New York University School of Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic and immigrant rights advocacy organization Families for Freedom.

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Thirty People Have Been Convicted for Participating in Asylum Fraud Ring

Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1887
Federal prosecutors notched three more convictions this week of defendants accused of filing false asylum claims for immigrant clients. That brings the total to 30.

On Tuesday, a jury in Manhattan federal court found Ling Liu, Vanessa Bandrich, and Rui Yang guilty of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. The three were arrested in the December 2012 FBI sweep that targeted lawyers and staffers suspected of coaching Chinese immigrants on how to lie about their past to be eligible for asylum.

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