A bipartisan 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.
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The proposal 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 America.
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.
"Our plan 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."
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The national 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 persons 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 added.
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President Obama promptly signaled 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 marches forward.
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 understand?"
Congressman Ron Pauls Campaign for Liberty sent out an e-mail to supporters vowing to battle the proposal as well, warning that it was a "statists dream" and that the immigration issue was being used as "cover" for an even bigger agenda.
April 8, 2010