Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Groups Call On Policymakers To Reject Biometric Cards

A coalition of more than 40 privacy and civil liberties groups late Tuesday asked President Obama and key lawmakers to reject a proposal to require U.S. and foreign workers to have a card continuing biometric information, such as fingerprints, in order to work in the United States.

The groups, which include the American Library Association and Americans for Tax Reform, oppose a provision that Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., plan to put in a bill to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. Schumer, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, has said that a biometric identification card is a necessary part of doing comprehensive immigration reform.

"A National ID would not only violate privacy by helping to consolidate data and facilitate tracking of individuals, it would bring government into the very center of our lives by serving as a government permission slip needed by everyone in order to work," they added.
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