Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dems Spark Alarm with Call for National ID Card

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A plan by Senate Democratic leaders to reform the nation's
immigration laws ran into strong opposition from civil liberties
defenders before lawmakers even unveiled it Thursday.

[Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) passes through a security checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago March 15, 2010. (UPI/Brian Kersey)]Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) passes through a security checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago March 15, 2010. (UPI/Brian Kersey)
Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker in the nation
to carry a national identification card with biometric information,
such as a fingerprint, within the next six years, according to a draft
of the measure.
It would require all workers across the nation to carry a card with a
digital encryption key that would have to match work authorization
databases.

"The cardholder's identity will be verified by matching the biometric
identifier stored within the microprocessing chip on the card to the
identifier provided by the cardholder that shall be read by the scanner
used by the employer," states the Democratic legislative proposal.

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