A recent vote in Congress endorsing standardized, electronically readable driver's licenses has raised fears about whether the proposal would usher in what amounts to a national ID card.
In a vote that largely divided along party lines, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican-backed measure that would compel states to design their driver's licenses by 2008 to comply with federal antiterrorist standards. Federal employees would reject licenses or identity cards that don't comply, which could curb Americans' access to everything from airplanes to national parks and some courthouses.
The congressional maneuvering takes place as governments are growing more interested in implanting technology in ID cards to make them smarter and more secure. The U.S. State Department soon will begin issuing passports with radio frequency identification, or RFID, chips embedded in them, and Virginia...
You create a false dilemma. Just because I distrust & dislike national standardized ID doesn't mean I'm against other measures. I have no problem, for example, with requiring valid state ID for benefits (as AZ prop. 200 proposed). Unrestricted tolerance of illegals destroys the meaning & value of citizenship.
Neil, the problem of illegal immigration cannot be solved. This is why you should be prepared to become a part of Mexico again. ;-) It seems like people even in England are not happy with the idea of a national ID card. The government can keep too good track of law abiding citizens as it is.
However, the idea of doing nothing, and letting some states are even encouraging illegal immigration is SURE NOT the answer either. The Administration should have had a plan, before Congress already, instead of messing around with Social Security, I think citizens are more interested in controlling illegal immigration, right now, and it is a problem of -- now!
It isn't going to be adopted quickly enough. With the lack of will that infects our federal government in not controlling illegal immigration, this is one of the few paths left to us. Meaningful ID cards will help in terrorism, spread of disease, and imported criminals.