New York mayor supports national worker ID program

| 5/25/2006

Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, has said in several recent interviews that he supports the idea of building a DNA or fingerprint database for all U.S. workers.

The Associated Press reported that Bloomberg said in both a guest editorial in The Wall Street Journal and on CNN that he also supported giving undocumented immigrants an opportunity to attain permanent residency in the U.S.

Bloomberg said such a system would not violate privacy and he compared the national IDs to Social Security cards. However, he wrote in The Journal that Social Security cards are too easy to falsify and that a new method is needed.

He said that a national ID database would uniquely identify a person applying for a job and would ensure that ID cards were not illegally transferred or forged.