The undersigned community, labor, immigrant, civil rights, legal services, and economic justice organizations write to express our united and unqualified opposition to the administration’s plan to add financial technology and a host of integrations to NYC’s municipal identification (IDNYC) cards, which are held by more than 1.2 million New Yorkers.
Daily News, op-ed by Carlos Menchaca, Betsy Plum, Natalia Aristizabal, and Deyanira Del Rio — As the first batch of New York City’s municipal ID cards nears expiration, Mayor de Blasio is pursuing a dangerous plan that would fundamentally change the program and put New Yorkers at needless and potentially serious risk.
The City — Pushback against adding a banking chip to new IDNYC cards intensified Thursday, with a demand from immigration, civil liberties and consumer groups to scrap the effort and introduction of a City Council bill to block it.
Daily News — Advocacy groups will no longer recommend that undocumented immigrants get a municipal I.D. card if the city goes forward with plans to add a financial services smart-chip to them, several said Monday.
Testimony regarding the Mayoral administration’s dangerous proposed plan to partner with a financial technology or other financial services company to embed an EMV/contact and RFID/contactless chip in the next generation of IDNYC cards, to allow for broad integration with private and public services and systems.
New York Times — Nearly a year ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed that a new municipal identification card would help thousands of New Yorkers “lead fuller lives, better lives, lives full of respect and recognition.” … But some of the biggest banks in the city — including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup — will not accept the cards as a primary source of identification, even though their federal regulators and some smaller banks have approved their use.
New Economy Project and allies in the NYC ID Coalition submit detailed recommendations to make the NYC Municipal ID program secure and accessible to all New Yorkers.
PIX11 News — It’s designed to help move out of the shadows at least a half million New Yorkers who, for whatever reason, don’t have formal I.D. cards. However, New York City municipal identity cards, which are widely expected to be approved by the city council on Thursday, still have some challenges to overcome before they end up in people’s wallets.
The Washington Times — So here’s something for all those who consider themselves card-carrying New Yorkers: a card to carry.
Testimony before the NYC Council Immigration Committee, urging the City to create a municipal identification program and ensure the NYC ID becomes a tool for economic inclusion.