In case a president who enforces the law gets elected — break glass.
That is what a clause in the New York City municipal ID law should read because it allows for all information to be deleted at the end 2016 in case a conservative Republican or “tea party” member wins the White House, according to what City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, the bill’s co-sponsor, told the New York Post Monday.
“In case a Tea Party Republican comes into office and says, ‘We want all of the data from all of the municipal ID programs in the country,’ we’re going to take the data,” he said.
The next president will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.
“That date is an important signal to the future of immigration reform,” Menchaca told the Post. “That allows us to prepare for any new leadership.”
When people apply for the ID they must give their name, address, date of birth and other identifiable information making it easy for the federal government to locate illegal aliens if it wanted to.
To no one’s surprise the Obama administration is about as interested in that as it is in going after Al Sharpton for back taxes.
“Though we have not seen documents like this get requested at the level of the federal government, that could be a possibility, so that really allows us to protect the data,” Menchaca said.
Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition. praised the clause.
“It’s no secret that one of the biggest sticking points in the ID programs is ensuring that there’s confidentiality, that immigrants are comfortably giving their information to the city,” he said. “The sunset is part and parcel of the effort to ensure confidentiality.”
That makes sense. We wouldn’t want anyone breaking the law to get caught.
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