Friday, April 30, 2010

Immigration Reform We Don't Need.

Alexander Bolton - 04/30/10 06:00 AM ET

A plan by Senate Democratic leaders to reform the nation’s immigration laws ran into strong opposition from civil liberties defenders before lawmakers even unveiled it Thursday.

Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker in the nation to carry a national identification card with biometric information, such as a fingerprint, within the next six years, according to a draft of the measure.

“The cardholder’s identity will be verified by matching the biometric identifier stored within the microprocessing chip on the card to the identifier provided by the cardholder that shall be read by the scanner used by the employer,” states the Democratic legislative proposal.

Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), who has worked on the proposal and helped unveil it at a press conference Thursday, predicted the public has become more comfortable with the idea of a national identification card.

While I agree that we need a process to guarantee that workers in the US need to be legal, national ID cards are not necessary and contrary to Mr. Durbin's assumption, the public is not comfortable with biometric cards. We have the necessary tools currently available if we only apply them correctly and with earnest.

1 comment:

Robin said...

What is really interesting is that there is such an uproar from the amnesty supporters over requiring to prove your citizenship when "lawfully" stopped by a law enforcement official and yet, the federal government thinks it's okay to require every CITIZEN to carry ID... in fact, a step further by requiring a biometric card? Which could also have your DNA on file? Talk about invasion of privacy.

And that is just to prove that you have the RIGHT to work in the United States.

Plus apparently the government thinks that it's easier for businesses to buy a biometric scanner then to make a phone call for the E. verify system.

The easiest solution is to make the Social Security number that we already have more secure, preventing people from this utilizing a random number and hoping for us yet.

How bout having a pin number registered with the Social Security administration office?

Speaking of Arizona... Arizona's on enforcing the laws already on the books and the outcry from the illegal immigrants and from states wishing to boycott Arizona is very saddening.

The American people if anybody's going to boycott anything, should boycott the cities that do not support the Arizona law.

One final note... every online article that I have read that tries to put down the Arizona law, 95% of the comments (when commenting is allowed) from readers are in favor of the Arizona law and thought it was long overdue.