There are many reasons I don’t want to live in NYC, but Mayor Bloomberg just gave me a new one. From today’s NYTimes:
NEW YORK (AP) — Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg thrust himself into the national immigration debate Wednesday, advocating a plan that would establish a DNA or fingerprint database to track and verify all legal U.S. workers.
The article goes on:
Bloomberg compared his proposed federal identification database to the Social Security card, insisting that such a system would not violate citizens’ privacy and was not a civil liberties issue.
“You don’t have to work — but if you want to work for a company you have to have a Social Security card,” he said. “The difference is, in the day and age when everybody’s got a PC on their desk with Photoshop that can replicate anything, it’s become a joke.”
The mayor said DNA and fingerprint technology could be used to create a worker ID database that will “uniquely identify the person” applying for a job, ensuring that cards are not illegally transferred or forged.
Great idea. There’s no way that database would be abused. No sirree.
At least Philadelphia just wants to videotape our every move in public.