"Show Me Your Papers!" Roundups, Checkpoints and National ID Card
Whitehead, John W.http://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/25/show-me-your-papers-roundups-checkpoints-and-national-id-card/
Publisher: Counter Punch
Date Written: 25/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22019
With the government empowered to carry out transportation checks to question people about their immigration status within a 100-mile border zone that wraps around the country, you're going to see a rise in these "show your papers" incidents. That's a problem.
The problem with allowing government agents to demand identification from anyone they suspect might be an illegal immigrant--the current scheme being employed by the Trump administration to ferret out and cleanse the country of illegal immigrants--is that it lays the groundwork for a society in which you are required to identify yourself to any government worker who demands it.
Such tactics quickly lead one down a slippery slope that ends with government agents empowered to subject anyone--citizen and noncitizen alike--to increasingly intrusive demands that they prove not only that they are legally in the country, but also that they are in compliance with every statute and regulation on the books.