"Show Me Your Papers!" Roundups, Checkpoints and National ID Card

Whitehead, John W.

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.
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