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Access to Identification Documents for Immigrants

Restrictions Undermine Public Policy Goals

By Tyler Moran & Rebecca Smith

Various identification documents are nearly essential to conducting daily life in the United States, and immigrants who lack such documents face huge challenges. Social security numbers, individual tax identification numbers, foreign consular identification cards, and driver's licenses are all available to some immigrants and can help them negotiate bureaucracies, become employed, find housing, obtain health care, report crimes, and more.

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