- Dec 1, 2008
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- On leave
Immigration and IDs: A Modest Proposal
Why All Americans Should Carry ID Papers - Christopher Dickey - Newsweek.com
Last week, I read this with great interest. It is an interesting take on things.
Why support this guy's idea as opposed to the ideas of others? He doesn't fall in to racist or xenophobic traps.At a minimum all Americans should be required to have one of the wallet-sized passport cards issued by the feds. They cost $20 if you've had a regular passport before, $45 if you haven't. Foreign citizens with United States Permanent Resident Cards, which have recently been redesigned and made more secure would only need to show those.
Anything less—the "biometric Social Security card" advocated by some Democrats on Capitol Hill, say, or the Real ID program to modify state drivers' licenses as national IDs or the E-Verify program for businesses to check employees' true nationalities—is really just a workaround that doesn't work. These schemes also create whole new layers of bureaucracy and vast new burdens for law enforcement.
but I think it fails to address what would happen at traffic stop. unless of course a national ID was needed to get a state driver's license. the states get to make those rules. then there is the situation of unlicensed drivers on the roads.