HR 4760: The Immigration Bill That Contains A National ID Card


Before I hear any of the blather from those who still believe in a right/left paradigm, understand that this bill was introduced by a Republican.  House Resolution 4760, which is tied to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals compromise put forth by the Trump administration, has a national ID card buried in the midst of its text.

The bill, which is titled the Securing America’s Future Act of 2018, was introduced by Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

According to the new legislation,  a new mandatory national identification system would be imposed that would require citizens to carry a government-approved ID containing “biometric features.”

Can anyone say, “Papers please?”?

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A summary of the bill reads as follows:

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to revise immigrant visa allocation provisions, including family-related visas. A nonimmigrant classification for parents of adult U.S. citizens is created.

The diversity visa program is eliminated.

Annual immigration levels are revised.

The limit on the worldwide level of employment-based immigrants is increased.

The H-2C visa temporary agricultural worker program is revised. A trust fund is established to provide incentives for such workers to return to their country of origin.

DNA testing to establish family relationships is authorized.

Employment eligibility verification provisions are revised. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall establish an employment verification system.

No federal, state, or local government entity or individual may prohibit or restrict a federal, state, or local government entity or official from complying with the immigration laws or assisting related federal law enforcement activities.

The bill revises provisions regarding: (1) detention of aliens in removal proceedings; (2) illegal entry and reentry; (3) inadmissibility and deportability of criminal aliens, gang members, drunk drivers, and sex offenders; (4) repatriation; (5) asylum and asylum fraud; (6) unaccompanied alien children; (7) foreign students; and (8) visa fraud.

The bill: (1) transfers authority for strengthening the southern border from the Department of Justice to DHS; (2) revises border security provisions; (3) provides for additional border security personnel; (4) authorizes new ports of entry along the northern border and southern borders; (5) authorizes National Guard border security activities; (6) provides contingent nonimmigrant status for certain aliens who entered the United States as minors; (7) authorizes appropriations for specified border barriers and infrastructure; and (8) establishes Operation Stonegarden to make border security grants to law enforcement agencies.

DHS shall: (1) submit a southern border threat analysis, (2) establish the Integrated Border Enforcement Team program, (3) implement the Border Security Deployment Program, (4) review social media activities of visa applicants, and (5) establish a biometric exit data system.

In other words, anyone in the US must have a national ID card, one approved by Homeland Security in their new system.

You may say, “Well, OK, I already have a driver’s license and I have to have that and a Social Security card (which our predecessors were told would never be used as an ID card), so what’s the big deal?”

The big deal is that the Social Security card was intrusive enough and has caused countless thousands of Americans tremendous problems with identity theft.  As for a driver’s license, it is issued by each state, not the central government.  Now, they are wanting biometrics, as well.

Additionally, former Texas congressman Ron Paul, who has been warning against E-Verify for years, has taken a step to start an online petition against the portion of the legislation.

“This is exactly the kind of fight that can decide whether a republic descends into tyranny,” he wrote.  “This new National ID scheme filled with biometric information, linked to a federal database would be required for every American to work – and could include all sorts of other information like gun ownership, religious beliefs, and political involvement.”

His petition that individuals can send to their representatives and senators states:

Whereas: Privacy from government is a chief cornerstone of our liberties, enshrined in the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution; and
Whereas: The “Securing America’s Future Act,” H.R. 4760, establishes a mandatory National ID system requiring all Americans to carry a government-approved ID containing “biometric features”; and
Whereas: Without this card, Americans would not be able to legally hold a job; and
Whereas: This National Database could expand to include American citizens’ gun ownership status, religious beliefs, political affiliation and virtually anything else at the stroke of a President’s pen; and
Therefore: I urge you to oppose any legislation requiring U.S. citizens to obtain a National ID – or any other bill that would establish a national database storing ANY information on American citizens.

Dr. Paul also reached out to his supporters and informed them that the national ID cards “could expand to include American citizens’ gun ownership status, religious beliefs, political affiliation and virtually anything else at the stroke of a President’s pen.”

“Now, using the momentum behind Trump’s tough talk on immigration and border security, I’m afraid the statists believe the best way to finally enact their National ID scheme is by promoting their bill on Capitol Hill as a ‘DACA fix’ while they sell it to the GOP base as a border ‘security’ measure,” Paul added.

Instead of ensuring a secure border by actually securing them, Paul writes the national ID will be used “to create an all-out police state within them.”

E-verify is not an answer either.  As we have pointed out, the usurper of the White House, Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah couldn’t even pass E-Verify to get a job at a burger joint in the US!  Are we really supposed to believe it will help make us more secure or actually bring about a tyranny like that of Nazi Germany?  I think the latter, and so does Alex Nowrasteh at Fox News.

In 2010, Nowrasteh pointed out that dangers of a national ID that was being advanced in am immigration reform bill.

The Senate is working toward a ghastly compromise on immigration reform that includes a biometric national identification card for all Americans. The stated purpose of this national ID, which an employee must present before getting a job, is to prevent undocumented workers from being employed. Back in December I warned that a national ID is the inevitable conclusion of the anti-immigration movement. The failure of E-Verify to catch 54% of undocumented workers is only accelerating the call for a national ID.

A national ID hurts American workers while pretending to help them.

First, every worker would have to ask permission from the federal government to get a job. American workers shouldn’t have to beg or plead to anybody to get permission to work. Being employed should be a private agreement between an employer and employee. Period. The government should get out of the way.

Second, carrying around government papers with biometric identification on it conjures up images of a more technologically savvy Oceania or East Germany. No thanks.

Third, the system will exclude millions of legal workers by accident and fail to catch the majority of undocumented immigrants. For instance, if E-Verify were instituted nation-wide 3.6 million Americans would be denied employment each year and have to visit the Social Security Administration to correct their records. The employer either fires them or delays training. Will a biometric ID card make this system better? How does that help American workers?

Fourth, it will cost businesses up to $800 to buy a scanner. Or as Senator Chuck Schumer says, employers can just go down to the DMV. Senator Schumer doesn’t know squat about running a business. The last thing an employer wants to do is spend time at the DMV when he could be spending it improving his business. And all this during an economic slump!

Fifth, it would treat every American like a criminal by requiring them to enter their most intimate and personal data into a government database. One of the benefits of not having committed any crimes is that my information is not in a government record office. I’d like to keep it that way.

The national ID card resurfaced in 2013 in an immigration bill.

America, this is the same mess that was being advanced by Democrats under Obama.  Now, it’s being advanced by Republicans under Trump.

Are you going to wave your hand and say it doesn’t matter because Trump may wear your team’s jersey or are you going to let your voice be heard?  Trump promised no amnesty.  Yes, I know, he has kept some promises and disregarded others, but this one definitely affects every single American, including you and while the Constitution does allow for Congress to write immigration law, it has given no authority for this kind of intrusive measure against American citizens.  Zip, Zero, Nada.

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