National ID Cards


NationalID Cards



Thedebate about National ID cards centers on numerous issues. First, IDCards proves important when deterring and arresting terrorists. Theother issue is the extent to which the privacy rights would beinfringed. There is also the challenge of being abused by officialsin government and finally the cost associated with the implementationof the systems (Eaton, 2012). My position on the ongoing debate isthat National ID cards are important because they can help arrestcriminals who are illegally present in a country before they do harm.In the absence of an ID cards, one cannot be able to obtain a drivinglicense in the United States or a Social Security number. On theissue of privacy concerns, most people believe that the governmentand some private individuals and organizations would disseminatepersonal information. They argue that there is no need for ID cardsbecause those working in the government might intentionally releaseit to the public or abuse it (Reinking &amp Von 2014). The UnitedStates should implement the National ID so as to help control illegalimmigrants. The ID is uniform and hence it would be difficult toalter. Illegal immigrants will be arrested and deported.

AuthorsEhrenhalt and Dority have different views on the issue of Identitycards. Ehrenhalt argues that she has no problem with showing herSocial Security number to the public because no one is interestedwith it. She says that some people can use the information todiscredit a person in some way and hence the need for some personalprivacy (Reinking &amp Von 2014). On the other hand, she argues thatindividuals who fear that the government might use such informationto snoop on them are either criminals or paranoid. Dority argues thatproving personal information in order to get an ID is a threat topersonal freedom. Dority find no single benefit of these ID cards dueto many reasons. First, she argues that they will not solve issues ofterrorism. The other reason is that implementation of ID cards willonly lead to surveillance of citizens. Since it will not help insolving terrorism related issues, ID cards will only facilitatesystems of internal checkups (Torr &amp Thomson 2010). The twoauthors argue that even with the advancement in technology today likesmart phones, spyware and GPS trackers among others terrorists andcriminals will continue to be in the country through legal andillegal means.


Eaton,J. W. (2012). Card-carryingAmericans: Privacy, security, and the national ID card debate.Totowa, N.J: Rowman &amp Littlefield.

Reinking,J. A., &amp Von,. O. R. (2014). Strategiesfor Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader, andHandbook.

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Torr,J. D., &amp Thomson .G. (2010). Civilliberties and the war on terrorism.San Diego, Calif: Lucent Books.

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