While we are all busy discussing the sell out by some members of Congress in drafting and promoting an immigration reform bill that will give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants already residing in the United States and doing little to secure our borders, a little known provision in this bill may provide a pathway to a National ID card. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote an opinion article in The Washington Times in May 2013 opposing the immigration reform that contains a photo tool contained in the Interior Enforcement and Employment Verification System title of the bill.
The New York Times reports that driver's license photographs along with biometric information of most Americans would be accessible through an expanded Department of Homeland Security nationwide computer network if the pending immigration legislation is passed. This little-noticed provision is supposed to "crack down" on illegal immigration by requiring employers to confirm the identity and legal status of any new workers by accessing the Department of Homeland Security Database via E-verify. While only seven percent of employers currently in the US use this system voluntarily today, the E-verify system would have to be expanded if the immigration legislation passes "because in four years, all employers would have to submit information on new employees, including citizens, to confirm they are eligible to work in the United States." The Senate legislation supposedly makes it clear the proposed law should not be interpreted to permit or allow other government agencies to use the E-verify information for any purpose other than employment verification. This proposed expansion of the E-verify system will add more unnecessary government spending.
Yeah, I think I've heard plenty about how information is not to be used and how it is theoretically to be used; but, we are talking about unconstitutional government agencies. Since when did they ever abide by any law or use information in the way it was intended? We have the IRS using tax-exempt applications to harass conservative organizations. The NSA is busy collecting communication meta-data on every American citizen claiming they can't or don't listen to conversations, read emails, or track your credit card purchases. That's been proven false. If an analyst deems it necessary to hear what you are saying, they'll eavesdrop.
Just for kicks sometimes, I'll use the word "terrorist" in cell phone conversations in reference to my chihuahua just to give them a rush of adrenaline on a false lead. After a few times, they might get smart enough to figure it out and ignore it. Well, one can hope and the entertainment value is priceless. But, my little bit of entertainment is nothing compared to what the NSA received when listening in to private conversations. I'm glad I don't have a spouse in the military stationed overseas.
Sen. Paul is opposed to forcing American citizens to carry around a national ID card to prove citizenship likening it to a "papers please" culture that offends the basic concept of freedom. This more than offends my basic concept of freedom! This proposal of a national ID card, "papers please" culture legislation trying to get slipped by the American public wreaks of this government spitting in the face of God.
Sen. Paul also poses the question on a national database of citizens; "What activities would require someone to present their papers?"
Admittedly, I "snapped to" with responses based on not just having the ID card but having biometric data encrypted into that piece of communist paper. Every time a visit to the fast food burger restaurant for my fix of a bacon cheeseburger happens, it gets logged on that national biometric ID card. A few days later, the high cholesterol police show up and tell me, "Ma'am, come with us. You exceeded your weekly dose of cholesterol for the week and need treatment to immediately lower it. Wait, you don't have Obamacare. You have to enroll and by the way, there will be a fine attached to that."
My favorite response would have to be the installation of a scan machine in public and private lavatory facilities everywhere in order to monitor whether or not you're urinating the appropriate amount of times per day or whether you're bowel movements fall into the appropriate number for your age group, dietary or fluid intake or how much bathroom tissue your family uses per week. That would be micromanagement. I hear the comments now – no one would want that type of information, it's useless. As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure.
But the best micromanagement of all would be the monitoring of reproductive function to encourage or prohibit procreation.
Boy, could we all have some fun with that one; "Honey, your national ID card is going off. I think that means it's time to create a baby."
"Oh my, we better hurry."
"Now, where do I swipe this thing again?"
"Forget it, I've got a headache." Enter the procreation police.
Yes, this all errs on the side of the ridiculous. That is the point. It is ridiculous for the government to even entertain the idea as current laws are already in place regarding immigration. Those laws need to be enforced. Deal with the lawbreakers and leave law-abiding citizens alone. The only reason to implement this abomination is for control over the people, plain and simple. Please contact your Senator and Representatives to let them know you are opposed to the national ID card in any form.
I don't know about anyone else, but I refuse and I mean adamantly refuse to cooperate with any type of national ID biometric card system or any national ID card whatsoever. It's unconstitutional and violates my God-given rights. A law that is unconstitutional is not mandated to be obeyed.