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The Biometric National ID Card and Immigration
Somewhere, off in the horizon, is a US national ID card. All being pushed because of the illegal immigration coming into the country and the current system to detect them is only 50% effective. Many in the Senate are now talking about a national "biometric" ID card that can be scanned and instantly will indicate whether they have a right to be in the US or not.
Event the talk about it has civil right supporters worried about the right of privacy, tracking a person and other nefarious Big Brother methods.The card would indicate whether a person has the right to work here or not. The current E-verify system that matches a name with a correct SSN can be fooled and has proven not accurate by stolen names, dates of birth and SSN's. The card would scan a person's fingerprints and veins in the top of a hand and send the info to a database for confirmation. The card would only be used for employment purposes. Really? How long would that last? This type of card is impossible to forge, which is why many, including Obama, like the concept.
The cost of a scanner for a business is about $800. A national ID card like this would cost $23 billion to start and then $2 billion a year to maintain.
A national ID card is, for some, akin to Big Brother and an invasion of privacy that becomes unlimited. To others, it is a sign of the "end times" when the government knows everything or a lot by the personal data contained in the car or maybe, inserted into your left hand in the form of a chip. This would make it impossible to lose or forge. The card already exists in many other countries.