I sleep good at night after having to show 3 Federal ID cards every day. I think any American would at least agree that a Federal ID Card would SIMPLE THINGS UP - one data base, cross referenced with tens of thousands of others.
I'd love to know specifically which RIGHT we give up by being required to have a Federal ID - sure would ween out all the ILLEGALS quick enough.
I'm for DNA swabbing all new Americans at birth - place the sample in a database and the child will know that ANY CRIME he/she commits ALWAYS leaves some evidence. Eventually MUCH CRIME would be greatly reduced OR we'll need to build a million more prisons - ugh.
If you honestly believe that a federal ID will stop illegals that's great. I don't believe. I alos think it is ripe for abuse. Because the problem is once you end up on a government blacklist it is almost impossible to get off. And in the meantime you life is turned upside down.
And despite that I know that it is probably going to happen anyway. You can continue to sleep tight. Because a federal ID program isn't going to stop the criminals.
As far as the DNA database. I am opposed to that. Not because criminals leave behind DNA evidence. They don't always. But because the names and information would end up being used by other companies. Like insurance companies and potential employeers. How about you are denied a job because a DNA database said you had a chance of having a heart attack?
Kathyp mentioned a driver's license or a state id is a choice. Not in Florida. By age 18 you must have a state ID either a driver's license or a state of Florida ID card. IF a cop asks you for one and you do not have it. You can be arrestes in Florida for simply not having one. Where was my choice. I understand that driving is recognized by the state of Florida as a priviliege and not a right(it is on the first page of the driver's handbook) and that is fine but when there is far from adequete public transportation it can make it difficult for people to support themselves. If you want to ride a bike to work that is fine. If you are on thr highway you have the same rights as a car without needing a driver's license. However if a cop pulls you over you better at least have a state ID.
I no more believe they could get all the illeagles than I believe I will get my passport anytime soon. The government is great for passing laws and then not funding them. They pass all these laws after 9/11 and basically if you now go to the bahamas or Canada you are suppose to have a passport now. Well here is the problem they made all the buisness travelers require one who didn't need one before. The passport office backlog is overwhelming I am on month 4 of waiting for my passport. It is so bad the governement has temporially lifted the requirements for the need of a passport. My congressman's office has a special assistant to deal with all of the complaints he is receing on passport claims.
If the government wants to capture all the illeagles where are they going to get the manpower and what are they going to house them in as they wait for deportation hearings.
As I stated earlier I the national ID program will probably happen. The DNA database will probably happen also. And there will still be crime and illeagle immigrants.
You may be surprised to hear this but the president actually had a a halfway decent idea. The temporary workers program. The problem was the way it was laid out was ridiculous. Not that anyone asked, but here is my idea on it. Allow immigrants to work in this country on 6 month worker visa that cost $50 every six months. The money must go directly into the budget of the INS department. It can be used to hire extra personal to help keep track of the workers. The visa's can be renewed every 6 months. Now here is where I want to go with this. The workers than fall under the worker protections. They get paid minimum wage and can have workers compensation and sue employeers who mistreat them without having to leap through the hoops they have to do now.
Employeers that hire illeagles would then be at risk of having their buisness shut down and assests siezed if they employeed illeagles.
Now I am not so foolish as to believe that all 11 million illegle immigrants would register but if 5 million do register that is an extra 250 million every six months into the budget of the INS. Half a billion a year.
The national ID program is the equal to papers please as mentioned earlier. But the way to do away with the rights of the citizens is to cater to the fears of the public.