Saturday, April 24, 2010
Worried about illegal immigrants?
There's been the usual deep depths of Teh Stupid coming through the phone lines, the rants about illegals simultaneously sucking off the welfare teat and stealing jobs from hard-working Americans. That one's always baffled me: how can any group of people be both so lazy and unwilling to work that they're all on welfare and at the same time be out there taking jobs away from legal residents?
Lots of stupid, too, on the subject of that requirement to having proof of citizenship or legal residency on you. You know, the U.S. has never required national IDs or an internal passport the way some other countries do. In fact, that's been one of those things that conservatives have always opposed. There have been objections for years to federal plans to link drivers' licenses databases, for example, and one of the arguments has always been that the federal government was trying to use drivers' licenses requirements as way to impose a national ID system on the states. Well, right-wingers, if you insist that all persons be able to prove that they are U.S. citizens, then what you are in essence doing is arguing for a national internal passport, a standardized ID that would be recognized everywhere by everyone.
The stupid, it burns.