Of course, the only solution to illegal immigration is to require all Americans to have biometric ID cards. There is no other way.
If you look at the incredibly great job the government has done on securing the border and sending home the illegals that we find today you can get a good idea of how effective this idea will be for getting rid of illegals.
For you people that might think this is a good idea and a necessary tool for fighting illegal immigration I've got news for you: The government doesn't want to stop illegal immigration.
This scheme won't stop illegals because it will not be enforced.
First paragraph of the article:
Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain.Does that make you a little uneasy?
Want to know who is behind this nonsense? Well, from the article:
The uphill effort to pass a bill is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who plan to meet with President Barack Obama as soon as this week to update him on their work.More from the article:
The card, he said, would directly answer concerns that after legislation is signed, another wave of illegal immigrants would arrive. "If you say they can't get a job when they come here, you'll stop it."Does anyone really believe that?
I've got another idea. Why don't we make it against the law for illegals to own anything in this nation? How about any time any LEO comes across any person trying to use a matricular consular as ID, the LEO arrests the person. The state or federal government could use asset forfeiture to take every possession from the person, including cars, houses, clothes, cash, anything and everything. Then put the person in pink jailhouse jammies and dump them somewhere across the border. Canada has easy rules for immigrants so I suggest that would be a good place. Make it against the law for banks to make loans or open accounts for anyone using a matricular consular as ID. Any loan made to an illegal would be null and void and never have to be repaid. Of course the car or home of the illegal would be confiscated by the government and sold at auction to raise money for border security.
More from the article:
U.S. employers now have the option of using an online system called E-Verify to check whether potential employees are in the U.S. legally. Many Republicans have pressed to make the system mandatory.How about that idea? We have what seems like a decent system but we don't use it. So, in response, let's create a new national ID. We'll have to have a new ID number because our SSNs are not to be used for identification purposes. Oh, wait, we know how well that worked out, don't we?
But others, including Mr. Schumer, complain that the existing system is ineffective.Yes, it is ineffective because there is no incentive for employers to use it. We wouldn't even have to make it mandatory. We could use the usual government stategy of saying "Participation in this program is voluntary. However, if an employer chooses not to participate then they will be required to pay a $10,000 fee per year per employee to help offset the additional cost of ensuring that they do not hire illegals." See, that was easy and it is entirely voluntary. Another step would be to make note of which companies use the E-verify system and which ones don't and concentrate ICE efforts on companies that don't use the system.
While we're at it, we could make the penalty for knowingly hiring illegals to be $10,000 per illegal. If that isn't enough then raise it to $50,000 per illegal, and keep raising it until companies quit hireing illegals. Some have said that the penalties should go directly to the CEO or owner. I'm not sure it should be limited there. If the company has publicly traded stock then the company should pay it so that the stock holders feel the pinch, too. Maybe there should be penalties for the executives/owners and another penalty for the corporation. The threat of the company being put out of business would be a powerful incentive for stockholders and employees to make sure that illegals are not hired or are fired if they are discovered later.
How about we build a good fence on the southern border? Oh, I forgot, fences don't work. That's why they don't have any at prisons or around the White House.
How about we change the law so that if a baby is born to an illegal in the US that the baby is also an illegal? That would get rid of anchor babies.
How about we make against the law for illegals or children of illegals to go to public schools or receive any kind of government assistance?
Why don't we try these kinds of things before we go crazy and issue biometric IDs?
More from the article:
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.
Giving amnesty is not a good way to reduce the number of illegals. I thought that was obvious.
Most European countries require citizens and foreigners to carry ID cards.I've never thought that we should follow the policies of European nations.
Here is a good bit:
A person familiar with the legislative planning said the biometric data would likely be either fingerprints or a scan of the veins in the top of the hand. It would be required of all workers, including teenagers, but would be phased in, with current workers needing to obtain the card only when they next changed jobs, the person said.It gets better (or worse, if that is possible):
Mr. Schumer said employers would be able to buy a scanner to check the IDs for as much as $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.OMG what kind of insanity is this?! At least they aren't talking about inserting microchips, yet.
Seems to me that this whole national ID simply follows the normal government procedure. Some people break the rules so EVERYONE has to pay the price.
Some people use sudafed to make meth so we all have to register our sudafed.
Some people misuse firearms so we all have to pay the price with silly forms, government databases, licenses, etc. Oh, I forgot, the govnment isn't allowed to keep that information after a NICS check. I'm sure they delete those records.
There might be one upside to this: After we get all this information integrated into one giant database we could do away with the silly census survey.