The case for a national ID card – The Washington Post /ht @owenblacker

Sigh.

THE UNITED STATES has invested tens of billions of dollars in the past decade alone to foil illegal immigration — tightening the border, accelerating deportations, deputizing local police — while doing precious little to stop employers from hiring undocumented immigrants.

That is fixable — by means of a universal national identity card — and must be fixed as part of any sensible overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.

via The case for a national ID card – The Washington Post.

2 Replies to “The case for a national ID card – The Washington Post /ht @owenblacker”

  1. Don’t worry the people who want the immigration “reform” the most are the ones who find any sort of national identity card the most repelant. It is the reason why a majority of the 50 states don’t have standardized driving licenses …

  2. “Sigh” pretty much covers it.

    That said, there’s the matter that a driving licence is an identity card in all but name, in the US; to the effect that there’s a “non-driver ID card” (which is basically a driving licence with “not licensed to drive” stamped across it) in a bunch of states. Having done a bit of poking around, I find such ID cards already exist in (in order of finding) NY, NH, MI, VT, DC, ND, NJ, FL, AL, PA, MA, and CT. This is a long way from the full set, of course, and driving (and non-driving) licenses are available to foreign nationals – and as all these documents have photos on them and therefore expire, a tweak in the card formatting to include citizenship details would become effective over time.

    Still, in a country where only a third of citizens have passports (this is still larger than the most widely-known statistic; but see http://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewbender/2012/01/30/record-number-of-americans-now-hold-passports/ ), it’s a thorny problem…

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