All U.S. government employees could soon be required to have a national identification card.
Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are proposing the idea. They call the cards high-tech, fraud-proof Social Security cards.
"A tamper-proof ID system would dramatically decrease illegal immigration, experts have said, and would reduce the government revenue lost when employers and workers here illegally fail to pay taxes,'' the lawmakers wrote in an article on the website of The Washington Post.
"America's security and economic well-being depend on enacting sensible immigration policies,'' they wrote.
It will digitally store personal information like birth certificates and social security numbers. They say they cards will not be used to create a national database housing everyone's information.
However, critics disagree, saying the use of the ID cards will expand and undoubtedly lead to a national database.
*Originally aired on March 25, 2010.