Both Republicans and Democrats are putting forth legislation to allegedly reform immigration in the United States for illegal aliens. Both seem set on rewarding those, who as their first act in our borders was to break the law, with a path to citizenship. However, with this reform, it could open up an even bigger expansion of the police state in America, especially since this reform will also come with national identity biometric ID card that would have to be carried by all workers, whether they are a U.S. citizen or not.
The Wall Street Journal reports,
Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person’s legal eligibility to work.
The idea, signaled only in vaguely worded language from senators crafting a bipartisan immigration bill, has privacy advocates and others concerned that the law would create a national identity card that, in time, could track Americans at airports, hospitals and through other facets of their lives.
The lawmakers haven’t committed to the “biometric” ID card, and are wary of any element that might split the fragile coalition of Democrats, Republicans and outside organizations working toward agreement on a broad overhaul of immigration laws.
But at least five of the eight senators writing the bill have backed biometric ID cards in the past. At least three of them—Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.)—have said they support requiring the cards under the new law but are open to other options, aides say.
National ID cards were once shunned openly by many in Congress, especially when it was trying to be tied to healthcare in the 90’s when Hillary Clinton was pushing for nationalized healthcare. Now this is front and center in legislation about immigration.
While our representatives are figuring out how to reward illegals in this country, it will be those of us who are here legally who will get the shaft with a biometric ID card.
Some are standing against such legislation.
“I subscribe to the ‘If you build it, they will come’ school of regulations,” Chris Calabrese of the American Civil Liberties Union said, adding that he was worried the card would be required to board airplanes, to vote, or perhaps purchase a firearm. “It becomes, in essence, a permission slip to do all of the ordinary things that are your rights as an American.”
Several aides to senators in the group forming the new legislation, including Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona, along with Democrats Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, told the Journal that the biometric card would be used only for employment verification and not as a mechanism to link other personal data or to replace driver’s licenses.
Right, we’ve heard that before. It was called the Social Security number. Remember? We were told it would not be used for identification purposes and today you can basically do nothing in terms of employment, getting a driver’s license or conduct many business transactions without a Social Security number. The Social Security website answers the following question, “When did Social Security cards bear the legend “NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION?” The answer reads, “The first Social Security cards were issued starting in 1936, they did not have this legend. Beginning with the sixth design version of the card, issued starting in 1946, SSA added a legend to the bottom of the card reading “FOR SOCIAL SECURITY PURPOSES — NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION.” This legend was removed as part of the design changes for the 18th version of the card, issued beginning in 1972. The legend has not been on any new cards issued since 1972.” We all know exactly how SS numbers are used for identification.
The senators instead could move to strengthen the E-Verify system by measures such as requiring new employees to answer questions about previous addresses or other details.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports an expansion of E-Verify but has not taken a stand on biometric IDs.
Some businesses, warning that expanding E-Verify nationally could increase identity theft, favor a move to biometric cards, which they see as a better way to confirm eligibility to work, says the Journal.
The House is drafting its own immigration legislation, with one of the key sticking points being a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country.
Danny Yadron writes that “A 2012 study by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, law school concluded that a national ID system would cost the government $22.6 billion to create and $2.1 billion each year to operate.”
You can count on the costs being far more than this once the actual numbers are realized. If you doubt me on this, just thing Obamacare.
Even more distressing details are provided by former Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. He writes, “The new plan, introduced by Sens. McCain and Schumer, would provide a path to citizenship for many of those in the United States illegally. This would only begin after the borders are deemed secure and applicants have paid fees for their illegal entry. They must also pay back taxes on their earnings while working here without government permission. Those on a path to citizenship would be subject to background checks and would be monitored while in the US.”
Paul goes on to expose an increased expansion of the police state in the United States. “The devil is in the details, and the details of the McCain plan are deeply disturbing,” he writes. “To secure the borders he is calling for a massive increase in drones flying over US territory, spying on US citizens along the border – and presumably within the 100 mile “border zone” over which Department of Homeland Security claims jurisdiction. What if these drones detect suspicious activity unrelated to illegal immigration? Imagine the implications for the federal government’s disastrous war on drugs. Imagine what’s left of the Fourth Amendment completely tossed into the trashcan. The “privatized” prison system in the US that now benefits from the war on drugs and illegal immigration will no doubt look forward to booming business thanks to the army of drones overhead.”
CATO Institute privacy expert Jim Harper comments that many legal American citizens would come up with a false positive for illegal status under this reform, which would deny citizens the right to work until they could prove they were of legal status. Harper writes, “If E-Verify goes national, get used to hearing that Orwellian term: ‘non-confirmation.’”
Harper went on to rightly call the E-Verify exactly what it is, a national ID card. “…The system must biometrically identify everyone who works—you, me, and every working American you know,” Harper writes. “There is no way to do internal enforcement of immigration law without a biometric national identity system.”
Ron Paul reminds us that “Much of the most recent immigration problem of the 2000s was actually created by the federal government. The easy money policy of the Federal Reserve blew up the housing bubble and created enormous demand for labor. This artificial demand was filled largely by workers who crossed into the US illegally. Within a year of the housing market crash in 2008, an estimated one million illegal workers left the United States for Mexico and beyond. Net illegal immigration into the United States last year had fallen to zero.”
The former Congressman puts forth a solution. “Much of our immigration problems would be eliminated were the federal government to simply return to sound money practices and end the welfare incentive for individuals to come to the US illegally. Afterward, what remains of the problem would mostly be solved with a far more generous and flexible guest worker program.”
This overreach of the Federal government, because of its own creation of the immigration problem, is bad news for all citizens and turning the United States into a police state with national ID cards will only make matters worse. American citizens should contact their representatives and urge them to eliminate this kind of thinking, along with the alleged “pathway to citizenship” from any immigration reform legislation. You can contact members of the Senate here and members of the House here.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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