NYC’s Municipal ID Card Program Officially in Place
On Monday, January 12, New York City officially introduced the country’s largest municipal identification program, issuing ID cards to residents regardless of immigration status. This is a welcome measure for undocumented immigrants, who without government-issued ID cards, have found it difficult to obtain access to city services and institutions, or to carry out many routine activities such as opening a bank account, filling prescriptions, and renting an apartment. The ID card can also be used as a library card.
Enrollment is free in 2015, but fees may be charged in the future. In addition, information will not be shared with other government agencies or third parties (except for verifying applicant eligibility or in response to a subpoena or warrant), allaying many immigrants’ fears that obtaining an ID card may alert the immigration service of their undocumented status.
Known as “IDNYC,” the identification card is available to all NYC residents at least 14 years of age and who can prove identity and residency. Individuals can apply at several enrollment center locations throughout the five boroughs.
Aside from the many benefits described above, the card will provide free membership to zoos and museums.
We applaud Mayor de Blasio and the City Council for undertaking this initiative. For more information on how to apply for an IDNYC, please see the application page here and documentation requirement page here.
Rio, Tsui and All of Us at Guerrero Yee LLP
The latest IDNYC update comes to us from our Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Chairs Rio Guerrero and Tsui Yee. To visit Rio and Tsui’s law firm site, dealing with immigration matters in all 50 states and in countries all over the world, click on the link above. Thank you, Rio and Tsui!
AABANY congratulates Rio Guerrero, Founding Chair of AABANY’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, on recently being appointed to serve as a Co-Chair of the NAPABA Immigration Committee. Also, as a 1998 Brooklyn Law School alumni, Rio has been invited as a guest speaker for the April 4th APALSA 25th Annual Dinner at Brooklyn Law School.
We thank Guerrero Yee LLP for this informative video produced by AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association). Watch Rio Guerrero explain how Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will help 500K+ Filipinos — both documented and undocumented — inside the United States, when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may grant TPS, and what Filipinos should do next. Rio serves as co-chair of AABANY’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee.
From Guerrero Yee LLP:
On December 4, 2013, during a press conference held by a number of TPS advocacy groups, at the offices of the New York Legal Assistance Group in Manhattan, partner Rio Guerrero called upon the Philippine government to seek TPS from the U.S. government.
Read more at http://guerreroyee.com/watch-partner-rio-guerrero-call-for-tps-from-the-philippine-government/
Shared with us from Guerrero Yee LLP. Rio Guerrero is a Partner at the firm and is also co-chair of our Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. Congrats, Rio!
In this “NYC Chika in the City” segment on the program “Adobo Nation,” Rio discusses the rebirth of Brooklyn and what it is like as a second-generation Filipino-American building a law firm and raising his family in New York City. Rio and his family had a great time shooting it. We hope that you enjoy it!
Rio Guerrero: “If DOMA Falls, Immigration Will Rise”
AABANY congratulates Rio Guerrero, Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, for being published again in the Minority Trial Lawyer Newsletter, a publication of the ABA’s Litigation Section. In an article entitled “If DOMA Falls, Immigration Will Rise,” Rio explains how the Supreme Court’s resolution of the same-sex marriage debate may lead to increased immigration from same-sex couples. To read the full article, click on the link in the title.