Yet there are some major objections to this idea. Those objections come from privacy advocates, who rightly fear the cards would then become a de facto national ID cards which would than enable the national government to track citizens. That fear is born out in many dictatorial countries where internal passports are required for movement within a country's borders.
"It is fundamentally a massive invasion of people's privacy," said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the ACLU. "We're not only talking about fingerprinting every American, treating ordinary Americans like criminals in order to work. We're also talking about a card that would quickly spread from work to voting to travel to pretty much every aspect of American life that requires identification."
U.S. employers now are supposed to use an online system, E-Verify where employers may verify whether potential hirees are legal US residents. Republicans have pushed legislation that would make this system mandatory mandatory one, but the Democratic Party has resisted those efforts, perferring to institute an internal passport system.
It appears that after the Democrats ram through health care, they plan an immigration overhaul. This is a serious problem that has long proven to be a political ditch. The liberal wing of the Hispanic community hass long pressed for a new amnesty on all those pressently residing in the US and will be very angry if this measure is put off again. But a solid majority of Americans firmly oppose any legislation that includes amnesty for those who entered the country illegally. That majority includes many conservative Hispanics, such as Al Garza who formed the Patriots Coalition. But,
Under the legislation envisioned by Messrs. Graham and Schumer, the estimated 10.8 million people living illegally in the U.S. would be offered a path to citizenship, though they would have to register, pay taxes, pay a fine and wait in line. A guest-worker program would let a set number of new foreigners come to the U.S. legally to work.
Keep in mind with an official unemployment rate that is near 10% and has been for many months, and an U6 rate that is well above 20%, these are people who are holding jobs that many now desperate citizens and legal residents could and would be doing. Yet this bill would grant them near instant citizenship, well ahead of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people who have followed the laws of the United States and are still waiting to get visas, much less residency.
Even better is the requirement that employers will be forced to purchase a scanner to use the card. Mr. Schumer has said that employers would be able to purchase scanners to verify the IDs for $800. "Small employers," he said, "could take their applicants to a government office to like the Department of Motor Vehicles and have their hands scanned there." Now there's an example of efficiency for you to follow...the DMV!
Now the question is...follow the money. What company will produce this $800.00 scanner and WHERE is this company located? That is, I think, an important question that must be answered.
Another worrysome question is, how soon will it be before, "It's the natural evolution of the policy called 'internal enforcement' of immigration law," as Jim Harper recently wrote in a paper, " Franz Kafka's Solution to Illegal Immigration ." "Once in place, watch for this national ID to regulate access to financial services, housing, medical care and prescriptions-and, of course, serve as an internal passport." So, how long after this is implemented will the Police and any other "security" official demand:
"Your papers, please!"
Most people already have a state issued ID card. It's called a driver's license. If they don't have that, there are state issued identification cards. But because many states have become "sanctuaries" for illigals, they permit just about anyone to obtain a driver's license or ID card. If the Federal government was really serious about cracking down on illegal immigration, the Fed's could require that states begin to actually enforce those immigration laws that are presently on the books. If the Federal government was really serious about enforcement, they could require that states hand down severe punishments to those who hire illegal workers.
Those punishments could easily include a large fine for each illegal worker an employer hires on the first offense. Second offenses could include loss of busines licenses. Third offenses could include prison time. These are solutions that have successfully been implemented on smaller scales. Knoxville, TN implemented laws along these lines have have seen a huge reduction in the numbers of illegal aliens.
Its a given that if employers will be fined or lose the ability to conduct business, they won't hire illegal workers. Therefore, it follows that if they won't hire them....those people will literally be forced to go home through the lack of work. No jobs? No more illegal workers. Now the key is to hinge ANY Federal money to states upon actually enforcing immigration laws. No enforcement, no federal funding for all those projects that "sanctuary" cites, counties and states want. Not a terribly complicated solution to the problem.