To the Editor:
Re “Show Me Your Papers” (column, July 2):
Bill Keller accepts that there is no reliable way for employers to check the legal status of job applicants and concludes that they cannot be held “strictly accountable” for complying with the law.
The most effective force opposing a national identity card is neither the American Civil Liberties Union nor the proponents of libertarianism, but a contingent of employers who benefit from today’s steady supply of easily exploitable laborers.
Until the force of this powerful contingent is counteracted, there will be no national identity card and no reform of immigration more meaningful than the reform enacted in 1986, but not enforced.
Bridgeport, Conn., July 2, 2012