Provision is contained in proposed immigration bill
One part of the immigration bill proposed by the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ is starting to get a lot of attention now. Some people are in favor of it, while others think it would be a case of Big Brother watching you too closely.
Buried inside of this bill is a provision creating what amounts to a National ID system for everyone who has a driver's license or other state issued photo ID. Norman Adams of Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy likes it.
“I think we need the data on everybody in the country, period. We need to know who is here. I have no problem with a positive ID of everyone here,” Adams said.
But others, like Terri Burke of the ACLU, say this isn't the way we should be going.
“I haven’t committed any crimes. I haven’t done anything that the government needs to know about me than my legal status, Social Security or taxes,” Burke said.
Burke says this biometric database would only be a first step.
“It ought to be prohibited. I just becomes a slippery slope of invasion of privacy,” Burke explained.
But Adams says it would keep us all safer.
“The government needs to know who is here from a security standpoint. Right now we know who the honest people are, but we don’t know who the illegals and who the terrorists are,” Adams told KTRH.
Burke and others would like to see a revamped visa system as opposed to what is being proposed now.