Democrats Propose Manditory National ID/Fingerprint Card

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In the wake of Arizona’s new racial-profiling reign-of-police-terror law, Senate Democrats countered by unveiling their own Orwellian immigration reform “solution”: biometric ID cards for all American workers. Yep, that’s going to go over really well. The Hill reports:

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 national ID program would be titled the Believe System, an acronym for Biometric Enrollment, Locally stored Information and Electronic Verification of Employment.

The American Civil Liberties Union, a civil liberties defender often aligned with the Democratic Party, wasted no time in blasting the plan.

“Creating a biometric national ID will not only be astronomically expensive, it will usher government into the very center of our lives. Every worker in America will need a government permission slip in order to work. And all of this will come with a new federal bureaucracy — one that combines the worst elements of the DMV and the TSA,” said Christopher Calabrese, ACLU legislative counsel.

19 Comments on "Democrats Propose Manditory National ID/Fingerprint Card"

  1. emperorreagan | May 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm |

    Arizona: Check out our stupid, “Papers, Please” law.
    Democrats: Not dumb enough. George Orwell, come on down!

  2. WeareScrewed | May 5, 2010 at 12:57 pm |

    Hopefully everybody's finally ready to let go of the D v.s. R nonsense because it is all bullshit.

    • Anonymous | May 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm |

      Uhm, you pretty much already have to offer your social security card, state ID and other identification in order to be able to get a job anyway. Think this hasn't already been tied in to your fingerprints, birth certificate and everything else? What's the difference really?

      • Tuna Ghost | May 10, 2010 at 2:31 am |

        Read the article, genius. It explicitly states what the difference is, and why it is a terrible idea. I haven't had to provide a social security card for a job in quite a while. All I've really needed is a driver's lisence. Even getting jobs overseas didn't require me to have my fingerprints on file with anyone.

  3. Hadrian999 | May 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm |

    D vs. R is one of the greatest marketing victories ever,
    it's basically like having a sports rivalry between 2 clubs owned by the same person

  4. “Democrats Propose Manditory National ID/Fingerprint Card''. Are you in the “Tea Party''-I-can't-spell wing of politics?

    • JeGJog333apRez | May 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm |

      Stupid Gay-Ass Republicans! No one should ever! Ever! Challenge the Democrats! It should be illegal to to question anything the president or any of the democrats say!

  5. They need to drop the entire thing and focus on creating a national works project that will create JOBS.

    • Actually 5by5 fixing the Illegal immigration problem will create jobs for legal residents of this country!!!

  6. Awww, hell no. I stopped cashing my pay check at the grocery store when they implemented fingerprint scanners, I'm sure as shit not going for this.

  7. *mandatory..

  8. seriously though, is there any reason why they don't make it a federal offense or something if you're caught hiring illegals? it seems to me like if you take away any incentive to hire illegals, you take away any incentive for illegals to come here in the first place. right..? nahhhh couldn't be. that's WAAAAAYYY too rational..

  9. Pssssh, fuck that.

  10. Oh hey, its that thing that as a citizen of the United States I'm legally required to do to get a job anyway. However, it's important to note that you're legally protected from being forced to prove you're a citizen. So fuck that, I already have to prove I'm eligible to get a job for an application, I shouldn't have to carry my god damned papers to prove it to whatever jack-ass beat cop that wants to pull that shit, what's to keep them from ignoring my card even if I present it? Having these sorts of things only makes things worse, never better.

  11. tonyviner | May 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |

    Looks like it is time to go somewhere else. And I was really starting to get used to this “America.”

  12. Here is a perfect reminder of why no one likes the two big parties anymore: one party wants us all tagged like livestock so they can track us everywhere we go…the other wants the right to detain/torture/kill us without the need for any pesky paperwork or explanations why afterwards. There is no victory to be had in a fight between which anal rapist gets to ream you first before tagging in the other guy for his turn at you.

    Man…mama said there'd be says like this…

  13. Actually 5by5 fixing the Illegal immigration problem will create jobs for legal residents of this country!!!

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