We Don’t Need a National ID Card (Feb 2013)

By Tarun Wadhwa

On Saturday, The Washington Post Editorial Board jumped into a center of a decades-old debate by declaring their support for the creation of a universal national identity card.  Their argument, that the problem of illegal immigration cannot be solved with enforcement alone, is sound.  But their conclusion, that these problems can somehow be fixed by mandating a new type of document, is both shortsighted and misguided.

In reality, the process of implementing an American national identity card would be an expensive logistical and bureaucratic nightmare – and its usage alone wouldn’t bring about the types of reforms that legislators have been promising.

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