Thedebate about national identity cards has been going on for decades.The government has been made numerous efforts to try to have a commonidentification card for all Americans. According to the government,this would have numerous advantages as it will be able to fightcrime, terrorism and finally solve the issue of illegal immigrants(Ehrenhalt p. 271).
Onthe other hand, the opposition and the public have long opposed thismove. They have branded the move as an excuse by the government tospy on its own citizens. They also believe that it will not helpsolve crime, terrorism and the illegal immigrant’s issue (Dority p.274). They further believe it would infringe on the freedom ofmovement of Americans.
Ithink there should be a national identification card. We have been inthe recent past had issues with terrorism where hundreds of Americanshave lost their lives. Introduction of identification cards willensure that the government will be in a position to monitor themovements of its citizens. It will also be able to catch up withillegal immigrants who have flocked the country. This has cost thetax payers billions of dollars every year.
Privacyis the state where one is free from being observed by strangers. Manypeople don’t like being spied upon especially by the government. Ifboth writers lived in this state of technological development Doritywould change her views. Phones, spyware and GPS trackers have made iteasier to spy on people. Software’s have been developed that makeeither spying difficult or simple. For example, one can be able tohide their I.P address and be able to commit white collar crimes.National identification cards would not infringe on the privacy ofAmerican citizens. They would only serve as a platform to solve someof the issue that have been affecting us for many decades.