Democrats' ID Card Plan: Get Your Fingerprints

'Biometrics' a big part of immigration reform proposal
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2010 1:15 PM CDT
Dems spark alarm with call for national ID card - TheHill.com
All workers will need to be fingerprinted under the Democratic plan.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Now it's the Democrats' turn to be accused of trying to violate civil liberties in the name of immigration reform. A crucial part of their plan calls for what amounts to a high-tech national ID card. It would have a "biometrics" component—namely fingerprints—and every worker would need one within 6 years, reports the Hill. Hello, Orwell, say critics.

“Creating a biometric national ID will not only be astronomically expensive, it will usher government into the very center of our lives," says the ACLU. Plus, everyone will need to be fingerprinted a criminal. The criticisms are overblown, says Dick Durbin, who channels Mark Zuckerberg and says privacy just ain't what it used to be. In a world where people have to take off their shoes to board a plane, this isn't so bad, the senator says.
(Read more immigration reform stories.)

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