group of U.S. Senators is teaming up with the Obama administration
to legalize illegal immigrants and require biometric national ID
cards for every American worker, prompting a swift and bipartisan
backlash across the nation.
would unconstitutionally force nearly all Americans to obtain the
new "tamper proof" Social Security cards while purporting
to require that all employers purchase new $800 ID scanners. It
would also provide a "path to citizenship" for the estimated
12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants currently living in
Led by Republican
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Senator
Charles Schumer of New York, pro-amnesty and national ID legislators
have already started the public relations campaign to build support
for the "new and improved" version of "comprehensive
immigration reform." In a column published by the Washington
Post entitled "The
right way to mend immigration," the two architects provided
a superficial glimpse at their agenda. And though the piece is lacking
in details, it reveals a dangerous agenda that Americans must oppose
in order to maintain freedom.
has four pillars: requiring biometric Social Security cards to ensure
that illegal workers cannot get jobs; fulfilling and strengthening
our commitments on border security and interior enforcement; creating
a process for admitting temporary workers; and implementing a tough
but fair path to legalization for those already here," wrote
Graham and Schumer. "We would require all U.S. citizens and
legal immigrants who want jobs to obtain a high-tech, fraud-proof
Social Security card."
ID cards would include a "unique biometric identifier,"
according to Graham and Schumer. Some of the likely candidates include
finger prints, retinal scans, or even the layout of a person’s
veins in the top of their hand. Employers who refuse to "swipe
the card" would face "stiff fines" and "prison
sentences," the Senators noted. "Our blueprint also creates
a rational system for admitting lower-skilled workers," they
his approval and pledged to "act at the earliest possible opportunity."
The White House released a statement noting that the President would
do everything in his power to push the issue, and Obama called the
Schumer-Graham proposal "a promising, bipartisan framework
which can and should be the basis for moving forward."
After the Democrat’s
recent success in ramming through the wildly unpopular health care
"reform," analysts suggested the "momentum"
from that victory could help Obama and the Democrats in their efforts
to pass a variety of legislation – including immigration "reform."
And despite broad opposition by a majority of Americans, the agenda
But the proposals
are already meeting fierce resistance from legislators, citizens
and non-profit groups. "This so-called comprehensive immigration
reform really means amnesty for the 10 to 20 million illegal immigrants
in America today," explained Republican Representative Brian
Bilbray of California, the chairman of the House Immigration Reform
Caucus. "What part of the word ‘illegal’ doesn’t the president
Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty sent out an e-mail to supporters
vowing to battle the proposal as well, warning that it was a "statist’s
dream" and that the immigration issue was being used as "cover"
for an even bigger agenda.