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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SCHUMER SUGGESTING NATIONAL WORKER ID CARD

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From the LA Times:

A "forgery-proof" worker ID card, secured with biometric data such
as fingerprints, is a favored idea of the new chairman of the Senate
immigration subcommittee, Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).


Schumer, who will lead the effort to craft the Senate's
comprehensive immigration reform legislation, has publicly espoused the
card as the best way to ensure that all workers are authorized.


"The ID will make it easy for employers to avoid undocumented
workers, which will allow for tough sanctions against employers who
break the law, which will lead to no jobs being available for illegal
immigrants, which will stop illegal immigration," Schumer wrote in his
2007 book, "Positively American."


"Once Americans are convinced that we will permanently staunch the
flow of illegal immigration, they will be more willing to accept
constructing a path toward earned citizenship for those who are already
here."


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  1. Vento's Avatar
    Greg, have you heard of any info on the grapevine regarding any relief for EB green card applicants (esp those from China, India). All the discussions in comprehensive immigration reform seems to talk about undocumented workers
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Does he realize that for this idea to work, every employed American will have to get one?
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    I am not sure why does he insist on this, it seems right out of the Giuliani play book from the campaign. Either way it does not seem like a deal sealer for CIR, a selling point maybe.
  4. Jim's Avatar
    "Does he realize that for this idea to work, every employed American will have to get one?"

    Would this be a problem, funding-wise? I think this would be a good "investment".

    I would really be surprised and disappointed if this won't have bi-partisan support as well.







  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Would this be a problem, funding-wise? "

    Not funding-wide, privacy-wise. Every American to submit fingerprints for a national ID? Don't see it happenning any time soon. Although I recognize that there are many people of questionable judgement that support those privacy (aka "get the big brother government of our lives") movements, I kind of agree on this one. There are certain things that people must have the right to do without having to submit fingerprints, like give birth, get married, eat, sleap, get shelter, and die. Work to me of one of them. What's next? Is this country going to require a showing of a valid ID and a full background check before you get a glass of water or help an old lady load her groceries? This is just not right.
  6. analytical's Avatar
    HI GREG
    when do you think CIR will be introduced ?????
    Will it be in JULY or after August recess???
    Please enlighten us with your precious view
    Thanks
  7. Jim's Avatar
    "Not funding-wide, privacy-wise. Every American to submit fingerprints for a national ID? Don't see it happenning any time soon."

    I think I'll disagree on you on this one. I don't think biometrics would be a problem. If the US Gov't wants to spy on someone, they can with or without biometrics. And they have.

    Stealing and selling social security numbers and identity theft happens all the time. Many Americans had their phones tapped as well.

    I see your point though but I still think the pros still outweighs the cons.

    Just my two cents. : - )
  8. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    I don't disagree that the government has the ability to spy. However, we are not talking about the reality here, just perceptions - national ID means big brother to some people. That's all.
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