March 9th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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Cafferty: Are worker ID cards a good idea?

When it comes to immigration reform, are worker ID cards a good idea? (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

If you think health care reform is ugly, just wait until Congress tries immigration reform again.

The Senate has begun work on an immigration bill and at the center of this new plan is a controversial requirement for all American workers to get identification cards.

It's meant to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants. Right. If you think the corporations that make huge profits on the backs of an illegal alien workforce are going to let something like that get through, think again.

Under the plan - all legal workers, including citizens and immigrants, would have to get an ID card that includes biometric information like fingerprints.

The Wall Street Journal reports the card would be phased in among all workers, including teens; and among all employers, starting with industries that rely on an illegal immigrant workforce. Now there's an idea.

Supporters say such a worker ID card would be a way to guarantee illegal immigrants don't come here for jobs because they wouldn't be able to get them.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. dutch

    No. That's a very bad idea. That signs like the mark of the beast. We already have social security numbers. We don't need work ID cards. Here's the fix: catch the illegal persons in our country and deport them back to wherever the hell they came from!!! Simple.

    March 9, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. TCM

    only for non-us citizens; let's start with Obama, since he's not really a naturally born citizen.....or a US citizen for that fact....

    The government wants all workers to have an ID card with bio-data? What kind of controlling-ulterior-motive move is that? It should be NON-US citizens, only....

    March 9, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. inofritzn

    Sounds like more big bro monitoring to me.

    March 9, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. sandy

    Yes they are and I have no problem with it. We have a drivers license to prove we are abiding by the law, we have a social security card and an insurance card, so what is wrong with having a workers ID card. It does not take away any freedom we have as an American. I say go for it.

    March 9, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Mike in MN

    Employers are alrady supposed to verify that workers are legal. They can use e-verify to validate SSN. Obviously not all employers do this and obey the law. To be fair, part of he problem is stolen SSNs.
    My guess you would still need enforcement with suprise audits on employers to verify all their workers have a worker ID card and that it is valid.

    March 9, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Bob in Pa.

    Yeah right !
    Conspiracy theroies abound. Give the federal government access to my fingerprints and probably DNA too. By the time I finish complaining about the federal governments intrusion into our lives, I will be framed for something just to get me out of the way.

    Bob – Pittsburgh

    March 9, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Dar

    They dont have green cards and they are working now, being paid under the table by certain companies or the every day citizen.
    This is not a fix by any means, it is just another goverment office that Odumbo wants to open. This is crazy.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    March 9, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Capt. Snarky

    What happened to the program (Verisign? maybe) where every social # was to be ID checked whenever some new was hired?

    March 9, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Ronnie

    Yes worker id cards would be awesome! OMG! I wish ICE would set up in our town (Irving,Texas) and clean house! Our schools are 60% + "hispanic" but this number includes illegals because the schools refuse to vet whether a student is legal or not! Billions are wasted because local governments refuse to be pro-active and deal with this issue!

    March 9, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Ronnie

    TCM- You need to remember it is TAX time and I hope you get a visit from the IRS! People like you is what is wrong with this country!Please move to Mexico!

    March 9, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. The Other Michael in Houston

    "TCM", that arguement is tired and lame, find something else to lie about, that one is gettign old. And to "dutch" great idea but, the real problem with immigration is that there is no enforcement against companies who hire undocumented workers. ID cards are not really the answer but it is a start. I got the perfect idea to solve all of this, while you facist Repuplicans and Socialist Democrats in Congress are up there one upping each other, how about one of you submit tis bill: For every undocumented worker found working for you, you serve 2 years mandatory, period. Then go to Kraft Foods, or one of these big companies wo hire undocumented workers repeatedly, and actually putr the owner of Kraft Foods in jail, I'd be willing to bet that the rest of these companies wrok force would be cut in half due to all the people they would have to let go in order to keep their butts out of jail.

    March 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. please

    TCM – your are such a moron.

    No one should believe immigration enforcement is ever going to happen. Employers make way too much money off illegals they will never stand for it. As already pointed out, employee's work status is already supposed to be verified, but it's not. The only way to prevent illegals from working is to go after the employers. Democrats nor Republicans will ever to that, so things will remain the same.

    March 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Hope and Change, Comrades, Hope and Change.

    March 9, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Mark

    NO. Send the illegals back home. Enforce the immigration laws we have on the books now. Change the law that grants citizenship to anyone born on USA soil. To many illegals having anchor babies.

    March 9, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Marilyn

    Yes, but only if they can be made in such a way as to be forgery proof. With fake drivers' licenses, credit cards, etc. how do we know we would not also have a problem with fake worker ID cards?

    That said, we have got to do something to at least begin to control our borders, and this is a good way to start.

    March 9, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Ben

    We already have this – it's called a driver's licence + soc. sec. card – or a passport. Two forms of govt-recognized ID – whatever. We have means of validating citizenship status. We just need to actually follow through with validating the documents upon hire, rather than take things for granted. Employers simply need to vet employees better by taking the time to verify that documents aren't forged through the use of a background -checking service. And fines for employers who hire illegals in excess of $10,000 per illegal hire would greatly reduce the amount of illegal workers in this country. That's the fix – what is the point of another form of ID – it can be forged just as simply as a driver's license can.

    March 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Marc

    TCM – March 9th, 2010 4:07 pm ET
    'only for non-us citizens; let's start with Obama, since he's not really a naturally born citizen.....or a US citizen for that fact....'

    Bury it, it's dead. Try to make it into a 'living dead/zombie' issue will only discredit any further post of yours.
    All birthers theories base itselves in the denial of valid SCOTUS rulings, the acceptance as still valid of revoked/reverted (forgot which word is the correct one) SCOTUS rulings or laws and sheer lies.
    For the sake of your credibility, bury it.

    And, BTW, what does this have to do with the issue at hand?

    March 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. go after the employers

    i like that idea, but crooked employers will still try to use illigals. lets start by random audits of businesses. keep them on thier toes.

    March 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Monkey wrench

    It will turn out just like TSA searching Grandma's girdle for explosive devices, all to keep a bunch of illegal hispanics out of our country, our government in true dysfunctional government fashion will require "every" American citizen to get a card, you see it is the only way that they would see this as not discriminating on the poor felon. This way, they can expand government even further into your daily life via a Federal ID card.

    How about this idea, round them all up, transport them to the border of their homeland, send their government the bill. Should their government fail to pay said bill, trade cut off or frozen accounts. I'm tired of paying for these poor bastards, I can't even pay for my own family anymore. What's next, electronic GPS implants? How about this, if the US government doesn't come to their senses with regard to OUR CITIZENS rights above and beyond all others, then we show them the door and find people that can and will!

    March 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. John, Brooklyn, NY

    And what other parts of the government would have access to that database...hmmm? If they want my fingerprints they'll have to dust my house...and have a warrent to get in!

    March 9, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |