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
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All workers will need to be fingerprinted under the Democratic plan.   (Shutterstock)

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.
(More immigration reform stories.)

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