The Galapagos Islands is a fast-growing tourist destination because it has giant turtles and stuff. As a result, the resident population has grown from 8,000 to 30,000 and the tree-huggers are concerned the island's delicate eco-system will be damaged by the added residents and the tourists. In an effort to restrict the growth in the resident population, the island is issuing mandatory ID cards!! Here is a quote from the news story in the Seattle PI newspaper.
"Local officials acknowledge that enforcement of the (immigration) rules is problematic. But a special government census, which collected data recently, is one of several ways officials are trying to get a better handle on growth…..About three months ago, they also began issuing residents mandatory identity cards that feature photos, invisible ultraviolet ink, a computer bar code and a holographic overlay."
I think that is great news!! Perhaps, when they get their ID system perfected, the good old USA can adopt it and use it here in America to help track illegal immigrants and potential terrorists. Afterall, if it's good enough for the turtles on the Galapagos Islands, it should be good enough for Americans. Why don't we all check with our local Congressman and see what he thinks?
Here is the link to the story if you want to read.