Pain points experienced by undocumented workers:
Not knowing the direction of the new administration
Obama deported the highest number of illegal immigrants in history
Won’t report crime due to fear of deportation
Power trip from police department
Current administration allows the public to discriminate
Access to information, hard to them to “know their rights”
Can’t go outside
If English isn’t their first language, it’s difficult for them to ask for help
To feel safe on campus
High school students drop out of class from fear
Undocumented individuals are highly susceptible to be trafficked
In Cali, undoc individuals are able to get driver's’ licenses, Florida, no.
Some have SSN or TIN
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Have a pathway to citizenship / residency
A sense of security
What are the requirements for DACA application?
This will give us an insight into what is needed for a defined identity
User testing / surveying of solution:
Initial problem statement:
How might we create an alternative system of ID for undocumented individuals who are unable to receive proper governmental protection such as DACA in order to ensure that they can work legally.
Big MNCs vouching for small businesses that hire undocumented workers to provide them a form of “privatised” ID. Leveraging their economic contribution as a wager for their identity, create a blockchain history of their contribution to economy through taxes to prove their past and their importance in society.
Incentives are not aligned
Small businesses and corporations don’t have the monetary incentive to support undocumented workers
They would have to pay higher wages, healthcare and benefits for those workers
Not feasible, too big of a change
Too dangerous for undoc workers to expose themselves
Relies too much on goodwill, philanthropic motives of MNCs and small businesses
The new ID will have difficulty in implementation
How to start the process
Might still discriminate against undocumented individuals since they’ll be marked as “undocumented”
Possibly can have documented people sign up for the ID as well to disguise the fact
But then how would you incentivise documented individuals to participate? E.g. NYC ID, but what benefits?
Though it does seem like a utopian goal for undocumented workers to get a form of ID to secure their living means
But it can be a bandaid to the current system instead of a full reform
New Problem Statement:
How might we provide alternative scholarship opportunities to undocumented students who might or might not be eligible for DACA in order to increase their public financial support / secure funding for their high education.
Partner with corporations / companies that are interested in hiring talented students and create a program that provides funding for students that in return commits to a job at the sponsoring firm.
It will be a portal for access to information through a database of firms and opportunities. Create a community for undocumented students to communicate and connect through a message board. Innovative corporate sponsorship program.
Are there sponsorships of this kind in existence?
How do they do it