Sunday, March 14, 2010

ID Card for Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan

Didn't Nazi Germany have a similar scheme in place?

As much as I'm not a big fan of the ACLU because of their penchant for deciding which of our civil rights that they will defend and which they won't, this is one that I think that I can agree with them on.


ID Card for Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan

By LAURA MECKLER [Wall Street Journal]


Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain." Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker.


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The biggest objections to the biometric cards may come from privacy advocates, who fear they would become de facto national ID cards that enable the government to track citizens.

"It is fundamentally a massive invasion of people's privacy," said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "We're not only talking about fingerprinting every American, treating ordinary Americans like criminals in order to work. We're also talking about a card that would quickly spread from work to voting to travel to pretty much every aspect of American life that requires identification."

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A person familiar with the legislative planning said the biometric data would likely be either fingerprints or a scan of the veins in the top of the hand. It would be required of all workers, including teenagers, but would be phased in, with current workers needing to obtain the card only when they next changed jobs, the person said. The card requirement also would be phased in among employers, beginning with industries that typically rely on illegal-immigrant labor. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn't have a position on the proposal, but it is concerned that employers would find it expensive and complicated to properly check the biometrics.

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2 comments:

  1. i take it this means you're also opposed to having everyone implanted with a tracking microchip at birth as well?

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  2. Damn right. I am going to post a short rant on this later when I get a few minutes.

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