One Card for All New Yorkers #IDNYCforALL
A year and a half ago, New York City implemented IDNYC, a government-issued identification card that is available to all City residents age 14 and older, regardless of immigration status. New York Immigration Coalition was a primary advocate for IDNYC, working with our partners and the city to ensure that IDNYC was a valuable asset to immigrant communities. Today, over 863,000 New Yorkers have become IDNYC card holders!
NYIC's executive director Steven Choi had this to say about IDNYC:
"IDNYC has been a resounding success for immigrant communities across New York City. IDNYC allows us to find greater equality as New Yorkers and to feel safer in our communities. It opens the doors often closed to undocumented community members without alternative access to identity documents. We are proud to have worked alongside the City Council and the Mayor's Office to see this program become a reality, and we are happy to continue supporting outreach and awareness-building around IDNYC."
To celebrate, today IDNYC and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs are leading a citywide Day of Action (#IDNYCforALL) to increase awareness of the benefits of the IDNYC program and encourage new enrollments. All across the five boroughs, IDNYC staff, volunteers, and city officials are spreading the word about IDNYC and how to get it.
NYIC will also be signing individuals up for IDNYC this Saturday, September 24th at our Key to the City Family Resource Day in Sunset Park. Click HERE for details.
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.