Identification for immigrants
Following in the footsteps of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Haven, Conn., and Trenton, N.J., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration in January launched the city’s free ID card, IDNYC.
IDNYC provides government-issued identification to New Yorkers, who can use the IDs to obtain health and social services, as well as prescription drug discounts.
New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., which runs the city’s 11 public hospitals and various clinics, doesn’t require any ID or inquire about immigration status.
A few years ago, HHC wrote an open letter to immigrants that was released in 12 languages. It welcomed them and promised to keep their legal status confidential.