Localities Take On Illegals
I've mentioned here before that I'm not an open borders libertarian. Ok, I kind of agree witht the sentiment of that libertarian mantra; Peaceful people should be able to immigrate and emigrate freely..., but I think that's simplistic, to say the least.
I don't know what the answer to illegal immigration is. Nonetheless, I find some proposals to deal with illegal immigration disturbing. For instance, one of the latest posts on the Calnews.com forum lists measures a number of communities have taken, or are in the process of taking, to deal with illegal immigration.
Maybe some make sense. Maybe some don't. My concern is, regardless of the illegal immigration issue, how will this affect those who are already legal residents of the country?
Can you imagine being a renter and having to register with city hall to obtain a residency permit so the city can do a background check on you? Hazelton, PA has just passed an ordinance requiring just that.
Some time ago, when the idea of a National I.D. card was in the news (I hope I'm note mixing subjects here. I think it was the National I.D. card), I read that all citizens would be required to show proof of citizenship when they apply or re- apply for drivers licenses. That got me to thinking: How the heck would I be able to prove I'm a U.S. citizen?
Not that I couldn't prove it, but the hassle of gathering the paperwork would be just that; a hassle. And what if I couldn't locate some of the necessary paperwork?
Those favoring such ideas need to think about how they'll feel when they have to prove their own citizenship. And keep in mind, this would likely just be the beginning of the hassles. You can bet that, once started, these identification requirements will take on a life of their own, just like most other government projects do.