Naturally, I am completely against this card as form of identification, even more so – as an ID for the questionably-legal (because, as our infamous mayor BdB insist, “immigration status does not matter”. Doesn’t it? Look at Germany, Billie!)
See, f.i., combination of what documents can get you this card in NYC:
-Your child’s U.S. Birth Certificate – listing applicant as birth parent
-Foreign Driver’s License – NOT machine readable
-U.S. School Transcript without date of birth (transcript from H.S. NOT including date of birth, dates attended, academic record etc)
-Plus one document establishing residency: like letter from Homeless shelter or High School.
What can one use this card for? Among other uses, “Benefits like SNAP, cash assistance and Section 8″. Or as government prescription medication discount card (50% off). Compare to a normal insurance-issued benefits card: tiers of “covered” medications, mandatory generics instead of proprietory brands, and premiums and copays of such magnitude that using the insurance card in a pharmacy makes absolutely no economic sense. A relative told me a diabetic med costs MORE with insurance card than if declared absence of insurance and paid pharmacy price out of pocket.
But I digress.
I’d like to offer an explanation why there are now 8mln NewYorkers who applied for the card.
It’s because for a year an IDNYC-holder can get a free membership in many museums, theaters and even a Zoo! And yes, you guessed it right: I just received mine.
After all, I am the one paying taxes in this city (up my nose). And if my money going to be misused on meds for some illegals or open bank doors for a money-laundering foreign scum, at least I can get couple of visits to BAM or Met out of it. In fact, I am going to get up and go redeem the membership in Brooklyn Botanic Garden right now!
And now you can call me corrupt…