But San Francisco officials and recipients of the cards hailed the new program as a way to connect undocumented immigrants with banks, businesses and city services, such as obtaining health care and checking out library books.
Connecting illegal immigrants with banks -- that couldn't possibly go wrong, could it? You hope that these banks won't be stupid enough to give another $720,000 loan to strawberry pickers, but you never know. And helping illegals transfer their earnings back to their relatives in Mexico will be yet another punch in the gut for our sluggish economy.
San Francisco, full of snobs as it is, should require illegals to use the public libraries to read through the entire middle and high school English lit curricula, including the summer reading lists, before they get to burden the health care system even further.
They also said it will encourage card holders to report crimes to the police without fear of being arrested or deported.
Of course, welcoming illegals with open arms will only cause more lower-class Mexicans to flood in, bringing with them even more crime -- but which they'll have an easier time reporting! It's neat how these problems practically work themselves out.
And what rigorous screening process must the crowd, "made up mostly of Latino men," go through?
At the appointment, you will fill out an application, show proof of identity (like a driver's license or foreign passport) and proof of city residency (like a utility bill [or "having a child enrolled in the city's public schools" -- agnostic]), pay $5 to $15, get a picture taken and receive the card within 20 minutes.
If you go to the S.F. County Clerk's webpage for the ID card, you find a list of ways to prove your identity. (Btw, notice the contrast between the portrayed user of the card -- a well groomed, gainfully employed Asian woman -- and the Chronicle's picture of those in line to get the card.) According to this, as long as you have a certified copy of a foreign birth certificate, and a foreign driver's license, you're OK. To prove residency, you just need an "Employment pay stub dated within the last 30 days."
And what about that grueling application? It's a whole half-page long. All it asks is your name and birth date, and has an optional section on emergency contacts and medical conditions. Not even a criminal background check of some sort? Like, "Have you at any time been convicted of spitting in the Whoppers at Burger King, or of selling bathtub cheese?" Nope -- that would only delay the new peasant underclass in their restoration of California's economy.
These yoga-crazed dumb shits in San Francisco believe so much in karma -- we can only hope that theirs are the first cars broken into, their bodies the first to be violated or cut down. If not, well, that's just another one of those funny externalities that will disappear once an equilibrium is reached.