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Spitzer wanted New York State to contribute something we really need for security purposes: universal identification. That is, internal passports because our borders are permanently porous and we need to be able to verify the identity of everyone alive or dead existing within them.
The only systems we have now that come close to this are drivers' licenses issued by the individual states and territories. That's why Spitzer wanted to expand their use to track more of the people who have no other papers. I'm not sure many undocumented would have "bought in."
Universal identification by means of internal passports (such as were mandatory in the USSR) is OPPOSED by powerful interests in this country who value our personal freedom of movement and privacy, more than the security universal identification would provide. That's where the real killer opposition came from. Is there no solution to this?
I don't know that anyone has covered this, but Spitzer wanted to make licenses easy to get for illegal immigrants. Native-born Americans, last time I checked, are required to show 8 separate pieces of ID to get the same thing. How much support could he have hoped for?
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