Yesterday, I lambasted the state of Arizona, along with all the useful conservative idiots who support the new Arizona immigration law, for moving us a step closer to a national ID card.
The Democrats have suddenly decided to change their stance on amnesty, supporting closing the borders first instead. Senators Reid and Menendez are circulating this proposal (emphasis added below in case you want to skim):
In order to prevent future waves of illegal immigration, this proposal recognizes that no matter what we do on the border, our ports of entry, and in the interior, we will not be completely effective unless we can prevent the hiring, recruitment, or referral of unauthorized aliens in America’s workplaces. Jobs are what draw illegal immigrants to the United States.
Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this proposal, the Social Security Administration will begin issuing biometric social security cards. These cards will be fraud-resistant, tamper-resistant, wear resistant, and machine-readable social security cards containing a photograph and an electronically coded micro-processing chip which possesses a unique biometric identifier for the authorized card-bearer.
Possession of a fraud-proof social security card will only serve as evidence of lawful work-authorization but will in no way be permitted to serve—or shall be required to be shown—as proof of citizenship or lawful immigration status. It will be unlawful for any person, corporation; organization local, state, or federal law enforcement officer; local or state government; or any other entity to require or even ask an individual cardholder to produce their social security card for any purpose other than electronic verification of employment eligibility and verification of identity for Social Security Administration purposes. No personal information will be stored on the electronic chip contained within the social security card other than the individual’s name, date of birth, social security number, and unique biometric identifier.
The Secretary of Homeland Security shall work with other agencies to secure enrollment locations at sites operated by the federal government. Prior to issuing an individual a new fraud-proof social security card, the Social Security Administration will be required to verify the individual’s identity and employment eligibility by asking for production of acceptable documents to be provided by the individual as proof of identity and employment eligibility….
Employers hiring workers in the future will be required to use the newly created Biometric Enrollment, Locally-stored Information, and Electronic Verification of Employment (BELIEVE) System as a means of verification. There will be strict employer penalties for failure to participate in the BELIEVE system after being notified of a requirement to do so by the Secretary of Homeland Security or after the BELIEVE system has been fully implemented nationwide such that it is required to be used by all employers. Prospective employees will present a machine-readable, fraud proof, biometric Social Security card to their employers, who will swipe the cards through a card-reader to confirm the cardholder’s identity and work authorization….
How do you think Republicans and conservatives will mostly react? I’m going with, “Well, nobody wants this, but…”
You have to be an idiot to think that there won’t be mission creep in use of these cards, same as there was with the Social Security number. It will start when you eagerly volunteer to show your card to the cops if you’re rousted for being brown. If there weren’t huge temptation to use these cards for everything, they wouldn’t have to promise so hard not to. When has the government ever resisted temptation?
Remember when the government had the big push a decade or two ago to make everyone wear seat belts? Proponents of those laws promised that it would never be a primary offense to not be wearing a seat belt (meaning, that a cop couldn’t pull you over just for not wearing a seat belt–you had to have done something else, then they could pile on the seat belt infraction).
In how many states has it already become a primary offense to not wear a seat belt? Where I live, the radio is full of announcements about stepped up night time enforcement of seat belt laws. (Think about that: do you expect cops to be shining lights into your car at night or are they hiding in the weeds with night vision goggles? How do you like the idea of cops with binoculars checking you out in the dark?)
You hear the same primary offense protestations now in Arizona (the “lawful contact” provision). Oh, no, police will never just stop you on the street or pull you over just for DWB (which now means Driving While Brown, since Brown is the new Black).
There are real slippery slopes out there, and we’re about to get put on one of them.