Should the United States require a national immigration status identity card and require it be carried at all times by all people living in the United States and produced on the demand of a law enforcement official?

“Ausweis, Bittle” (Papers, please.)

The idea is abhorrent to most Americans, but honestly, it would make a lot of sense. Most middle class Americans carry their government issued photo ID – also known as their driver license – with them anyway, and there are in fact places in America where you need it to ride on a city bus (such as a route in Denver that crosses through a Federal office building complex). In the absence of such a document, first level screening turns into ethnic profiling, which is much worse.

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