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Yes, undocumented/illegal immigrants are a group that will be targeted to receive the IDs.The goal is cost saving.Some estimates state that up to 20% of NYC residents, about 1.8m people, are illegal.The vast majority of legal immigrants have ID, and won't benefit.
(it also seems from their wording that the free cultural incentives are only for the first year to drive membership)
Fine print: "This free membership package will not be available to existing members of a participating institution or individuals whose membership has lapsed since January 1, 2012. However, existing or recently lapsed members of a given institution can use their Municipal ID to obtain free membership at all other participating institutions."
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/comment/554889#Comment_554889So, they seem to want the membership benefits to be primarily used by people who would otherwise not go to museums: The low income, under priviledged folks we talk about above....
One of the concerns advocates have for this program is that they will be only used by marginalized people and therefore will be a target when in use. This will only work to include these people in our society if a broad selection of people also get and use them. For this reason I will be getting one.
Rumor has it the line at the Brooklyn Public Library is really really long and there are only two clerks to handle it. But I'm Really Excited!
Apparently all the lines are long, so long that the city is no longer taking walk-ins. Instead people need to make an appointment at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/index.page.Press: http://www.ny1.com/content/news/221889/glitches-reported-as-city-s-municipal-id-site-goes-live/
One month later, the city is still struggling to meet demand, and opens new enrollment center.http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150317/corona/city-opens-queens-largest-municipal-id-enrollment-center