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Question of the Day
During the debate, the Senate considered a provision which would allow future citizenship for illegals who volunteered to serve in our armed forces. Again, it is a good idea that could be considered separately, as could another plan to encourage legal immigration of foreigners with high educational skills in fields such as science and engineering. We, as a nation, need all the brain power we can get in the evolving global economy.
Now is the time for the government to start work at top speed on a fool-proof national identification card. There has been opposition to such a card from the liberals, but it is hard to see how the necessity of such a card differs from the requirements for a Social Security card or a driver’s license.
Unfortunately, our government agencies are not known for speed in developing such projects, as illustrated by the current flap over passports. But a tamper-proof ID card is inevitable if we are to live in an age where terrorism prevails in the world. The sooner Congress approves such action the better. We need to end the excuses of firms that hire illegals.
The public takes the view that the government winks at the hiring of illegals, and the sooner we adopt appropriate identification procedures and enforce them, the sooner public confidence will rise.
Looking past the immigration bill, the Senate and the House badly need better leadership in both political parties. The Democrats spend too much time trying to bash the president, and the Republicans remain all too silent. A major part of the problem is the bitter partisanship which prevails. It is a major evil that is destroying the effectiveness of the legislative branch of government.
Herbert G. Klein is a national fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, retired editor-in-chief of Copley Newspapers and former Nixon White House director of communications.
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