Thursday, May 17, 2007

Who Are You?

Michael Cutler describes his concerns that a proposed amnesty for illegals will corrupt the proof of identity system in the United States.

DHS has no way of proving their names or even their nationalities. They cannot prove when, where or how they entered the United States. Consider that when you attempt to make a purchase in a department store, you are required to provide your driver's license to ascertain your identity even if you are paying by credit card. When former Mayor Giuliani states that we must provide tamper-proof identity documents to millions of illegal and undocumented aliens the question that no one asks is, what name should be put on those cards? The issue is not to produce cards that can not be altered our counterfeited, an issue of some concern, but rather, what is the true identity of the alien seeking to participate in the program?

One of the eventual casualties of the today's war without borders is ambiguity. The ability to roam highways as the Drifter, the Man with No Name. To say, "just call me Mister" has always been part of the romantic texture of freedom. Ambiguity has always been about being accepted for yourself. It'll be hard to do with all the loopholes closed. But maybe it had to happen some time.


Blogger Aristides said...

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5/17/2007 05:27:00 PM  
Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

The only people left in California with some degree of anonymity are the illegal aliens or “undocumented” aliens as they are called. If I step out of the surf dripping wet the police have every expectation that will I present a photo ID. An “undocumented” alien is expected to have no such documentation by definition and, if they do, it is expected to be of dubious origins. Caucasians cannot sell door to door without a permit, Hispanics can. We have created two classes. A lower class of citizen who is expected to follow the law, and a new super class who is not. I want to be an undocumented alien with the same privileges and tax obligations.

5/17/2007 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Aristides said...

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5/17/2007 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are we? A fingerprint and headshot at the DMV, a magnetic strip and security code at MC and Visa, a signature match at the bank, a numbered and franked passport at Customs and Immigration, a utility bill showing residency at the county tax assessor’s, a SS# at the IRS, a Kroger’s barcard to the cashier, a transcript and HS diploma to the university, a medical swab at the lab, a birth certificate to nearly everyone, a familiar face to family and friends, a reflection in the mirror and storefronts to ourselves, and a typekey registration number in the ethernet.

Our only identity crisis is that we get over-ID’ed without officials ever asking us our favorite color.

5/17/2007 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger 49erDweet said...

In my view - and I claim considerable expertise on this subject - the absolutely worst possible outcome in establishing a process for obtaining a secure "national" identity card would be to turn it over to the "feds". Can you say "Byzantine processes"? That's not to say 'national standards' would not be beneficial. But the states could do a much better and cheaper job of this, with improved security - if asked to do so.

For years Calif had the most secure process until liberal (okay, Democrat) politicians began watering it down in recent years to prostitute themselves for the illegal alien vote - and it's HUGE supportive voting bloc. Fed agencies in the field loved the (admittedly not perfect) Calif system - but to hear their fat cat bosses in DC talk about it, you'd have thought it was too cumbersome and/or too porous - as if they had come up with anything better.

The simple truth is we do NOT KNOW who our "undocumented guests" really are. Michael Cutler is right to express concern with any proposed amnesty program that will not go back in time and positively establish the birthplace and birth identity of an applicant. Talk about a ticking time-bomb!


5/17/2007 07:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

I already have a national ID card. It's called a CDL, and class B and above has you firmly ensconced in a national database. I had a heart attack and tried to turn the license in because I was unable to pass the physical. I was told that I would have to submit a reason for surrendering the license. The physical is a separate requirement and is on a separate card.

5/18/2007 01:39:00 AM  
Blogger John Lynch said...

There's always the internet.

5/18/2007 03:27:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

The citizens privacy concerns in that little border town that will be under the watchful eye of the "Virtual Fence" hardware, from Predators to all-present spycams, brought to my attention issues PROVING that it is the worst possible non-solution "Solution."

Duncan Hunter got the San Diego REAL Fence Built During CLINTON, and it is over NINETY PERCENT EFFECTIVE.

5/19/2007 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

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Senate leadership is racing to pass an amnesty bill before Memorial Day—and they aren’t interested in hearing the opinions of grassroots Americans! Only a massive grassroots initiative can short-circuit the Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy and George Bush open borders push.

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Already 792,000 faxes and petitions have been sent to leadership opposing amnesty for illegals -- over 100,000 faxes scheduled since the Senate announcement! Join with Grassfire today in sending a strong “Secure our Border and NO Amnesty for Illegals” message to the Senate by scheduling your faxes!

5/19/2007 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

A Mexican cartel army's war within
Hit men known as the Zetas use gold-plated guns to aim at their own.

5/20/2007 02:43:00 AM  

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