I should preface this by saying that this isn’t a politblog, and it’s not going to become one.
This morning on the way to work I heard the brief summary of the day’s news. The guy who reads the news sits in the office next to me at work, so maybe I’m paying a little more attention now than before I got this job. The INS, he says, have chosen September 11 as the start date for a new program in which they will fingerprint and photograph all immigrants entering the US.
I’m sorry to say I screamed at the radio while driving down the highway.
YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT THEY DON‘T DO THAT NOW?
What the fuck have they been doing with their time? The police fingerprint schoolchildren with the excuse that if anything were to happen to them, their fingerprints might help find or identify them. Whatever. I’m sure this is just a ruse to get all our fingerprints on file before we become crooks. We do this to our own schoolchildren, but the INS just waves immigrants through the door?
“Yeah, come on in, no, we don’t need your photo or your fingerprints. We trust you not to break the laws of our country, with which you are mostly unfamiliar.”