A WARNING FROM A RECENTLY RETIRED U.S. REPRESENTATIVE:
"'Whenever the federal government decides to reform something we can be fairly sure that the problem is about to get worse, especially if they call the plan bi-partisan. The bi-partisan immigration reform proposal launched last week in the US Senate will be no different.The devil is in the details, and the details of the McCain plan are deeply disturbing. 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.
[See my blog on this 'Constitution-does-not apply' Zone here: CONSTITUTION FREE ZONES]
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.
Additionally, the McCain/Schumer plan calls for a nationwide, MANDATORY E-Verify program, which forces employers to act as federal immigration agents, and forces American citizens to prove to the government that they are allowed to work. E-Verify is an East Germany-like program that creates a massive federal database of every American citizen and notes whether or not they are permitted to work.
As Cato Institute privacy expert Jim Harper noted of E-Verify, potentially tens of thousands of American citizens would come up as a false positive for illegal status, denying them the right to work and forcing them to prove to the government that they are not here illegally. He writes, "If E-Verify goes national, get used to hearing that Orwellian term: 'non-confirmation.' "
Harper rightly notes that E-Verify is in fact a national ID card, writing last week that, "the system must biometrically identify everyone who works – you, me, and every working American you know. There is no way to do internal enforcement of immigration law without a biometric national identity system."
Whatever the case, turning the US into a police state in order to fight a hyped up illegal immigration "crisis" is a bad deal for us all.'"
THIS MAN IS NOT THE ONLY ONE REPORTING THIS, NOR IS IT REALLY "NEW" NEWS!
Here's a map of states ALREADY using it, some since at least 2006, 2006, 2006, and 2007, 2008...a popular 'trend'?
On January 31, 2013, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley introduced legislation requiring all employers to confirm the legality of their employees through E-Verify.
“E-Verify will safeguard opportunities for legal workers and give employers a reliable tool to have a legal workforce,” Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate judiciary committee, said in a statement.
Should Grassley’s Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act of 2013 pass, the program would be instituted permanently and be made mandatory for all employers within one year of its enactment.
Go thank your 'PUBLICAN gang for this one:A draft version of the Republican National Committee platform was briefly available and, according to this version reposted by Politico,
[See: http://images.politico.com/global/2012/08/preview_of_american_exceptionalism_-_gop2.html ]
the party is reviving its hardline approach against immigration, demanding a national E-verify program be used by all businesses.
And their buddies at the AFL/CIO, they suddenly LIKE this idea, a LOT, though they fought it hard back in 2011! http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/07/afl-cio-begins-national-immigration-reform-push/
[See: Labor Unites to Fight E-Verify, the GOP’s Flawed Anti-Immigrant Bill That Would Cost 800,000 Jobs http://americasvoiceonline.org/blog/labor_unites_to_fight_e-verify_the_gops_deeply_flawed_anti_immigrant_bill/ ]
Way back in 2001-2003 people with any desire for privacy began to warn about identification programs, especially RFID chips...this article was one of the better ones:
E-verify, RFID chips, even the strips in our credit cards, in-store grocery cards, our pets' ID chips, our cell phones, everything combines to create the web that will soon ensnare us all. Call me paranoid, but I'm certainly NOT ALONE in seeing this as a means to create worse than a "1984" world for us all.
Think about this, just THINK!
UPDATE, JULY 2, 2013, E-VERIFY CAN KEEP AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM ATTAINING JOBS...FROM TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY.
AND YOU CONGRESSMEN VOTED FOR IT?
If You Like The Surveillance State, You'll Love E-Verify
by Ron Paul
JUNE 30, 2013
<<From massive NSA spying, to IRS targeting of the administration's political opponents, to collection and sharing of our health care information as part of Obamacare, it seems every day we learn of another assault on our privacy. Sadly, this week the Senate took another significant, if little-noticed, step toward creating an authoritarian surveillance state.
Buried in the immigration bill is a national identification system called mandatory E-Verify.
The Senate did not spend much time discussing E-Verify, and what little discussion took place was mostly bipartisan praise for its effectiveness as a tool for preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining employment. It is a tragedy that mandatory E-Verify is not receiving more attention, as it will impact nearly every American's privacy and liberty.
The mandatory E-Verify system requires Americans to carry a "tamper-proof" social security card. Before they can legally begin a job, American citizens will have to show the card to their prospective employer, who will then have to verify their identity and eligibility to hold a job in the US by running the information through the newly-created federal E-Verify database.
The database will contain photographs taken from passport files and state driver's licenses.
The law gives federal bureaucrats broad discretion in adding other "biometric" identifiers to the database. It also gives the bureaucracy broad authority to determine what features the "tamper proof" card should contain.
Regardless of one's views on immigration, the idea that we should have to ask permission from the federal government before taking a job ought to be offensive to all Americans.
Under this system, many Americans will be denied the opportunity for work.
The E-Verify database will falsely identify thousands as "ineligible," forcing many to lose job opportunities while challenging government computer inaccuracies. E-Verify will also impose additional compliance costs on American businesses, at a time when they are struggling with Obamacare implementation and other regulations.
According to David Bier of Competitive Enterprise Institute, there is nothing stopping the use of E-Verify for purposes unrelated to work verification, and these expanded uses could be authorized by agency rule-making or executive order. So it is not inconceivable that, should this bill pass, the day may come when you are not be able to board an airplane or exercise your second amendment rights without being run through the E-Verify database.
It is not outside the realm of possibility that the personal health care information that will soon be collected by the IRS and shared with other federal agencies as part of Obamacare will also be linked to the E-Verify system.
Those who dismiss these concerns as paranoid should consider that the same charges were leveled at those who warned that the PATRIOT Act could lead to the government collecting our phone records and spying on our Internet usage.
Just as the PATRIOT Act was only supposed to be used against terrorists but is now used to bypass constitutional protections in matters having noting to do with terrorism or national security, the national ID/mandatory E-Verify database will not only be used to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining employment. Instead, it will eventually be used as another tool to monitor and control the American people.
The recent revelations of the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans, plus recent stories of IRS targeting Tea Party and similar groups for special scrutiny, demonstrates the dangers of trusting government with this type of power.
Creation of a federal database with photos and possibly other "biometric" information about American citizens is a great leap forward for the surveillance state. All Americans who still care about limited government and individual liberty should strongly oppose E-Verify.>>
THE NOOSE JUST TIGHTENED, FELLOW CITIZENS....DID YOU FEEL THAT?