Friday, April 30, 2010

Biometric National ID Card - True Intent of Immigration "Reform"?

I was browsing the C-Span website to check out the coverage on the Senate financial "reform" debate. I scrolled down, then I saw a picture of Harry Reid. The headline said "Senate Majority Leader Reid & Democratic Members on Immigration Reform", and the segment had a link to the draft proposal of immigration reform by the Congressional Democrats titled "Conceptual Proposal for Immigration Reform".

So I started flipping the pages of the proposal, and I caught this on page 8:

III. Ending Illegal Employment through Biometric Employment Verification

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.

The card will also possess the following characteristics: (1) biometric identifiers, in the form of templates, that definitively tie the individual user to the identity credential; (2) electronic authentication capability; (3) ability to verify the individual locally without requiring every employer to access a biometric database; (4) offline verification capability (eliminating the need for 24-hour, 7-days-per-week online databases); (5) security features that protect the information stored on the card; (6) privacy protections that allow the user to control who is able to access the data on the card; (7) compliance with authentication and biometric standards recognized by domestic and international standards organizations. The new biometric social security card shall enable the following outcomes: (1)permit the individual cardholder to control who can access their information;(2) allow electronic authentication of the credential to determine work authorization; and (3) possession of scalability of authentication capability depending on the requirement of the application.

It goes on to say it is unlawful for anyone, any organization to require or ask an individual cardholder to produce this biometric Social Security card for any other purpose than verification of employment eligibility.

NOWHERE does it say this system is for new immigrants. It's for everyone. And everyone will be placed in the system called BELIEVE - Biometric Enrollment, Locally-stored Information, and Electronic Verification of Employment, and all employers hiring workers will be required to enroll, with a stiff penalty for not doing so.

The description of this BELIEVE system ensues, including how this vast system will be funded (you don't need to even guess - it will come out of the pockets of the public and private businesses as fees and fines) until page 18. This is a 26-page document, and 10 pages of it dedicated to describing this biometric ID system.

So the immigration "reform" under the Democrats would serve two purposes: One, to implement national ID card system that will rigidly control employment; Two, as a tax bill. Yes, yet another one. Call it fees and fines, but it is a tax extorted out of everyone but the government.

The stock market is tanking. Dow is down triple digits. The White House Chief of Staff must be having a field day every day - crisis after crisis worldwide (take your pick: Greece sovereign debt crisis, Icelandic volcano, Goldman Sachs criminally charged, BP oil spill - and they are just the most recent ones). And you know what his modus operandi is, don't you? It really defines this administration.