Immigration Bill violates your rights
Sunday, June 16, 2013 10:00 PM
The U.S. Senate is currently debating a massive 1,000-page immigration bill. Everyone seems to be concerned about whether or not it grants amnesty, and whether it provides for border security. But is everyone aware of the National ID provision of the Immigration bill? Surprisingly, CNN of all places actually had a good article covering the details of it: http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/13/opinion/sobel-id-immigration/index.html
John Pickerill is the Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman. His column is part of a series of columns that appear in The Paper of Montgomery County on Mondays from public officials.
This bill violates the fundamental right of every American citizen. Every lawful citizen has the right to be free from government interference when seeking a job. Some will say it's just trying to stop illegal immigration. But the ends doesn't justify the means. This bill allows the federal government to take away every citizen's right to seek employment, and instead turns it into a privilege. A mere privilege where each and every one of us must get the government's permission before we can take a job. And if you own your own business, you will have to get the government's permission before you can hire anyone. Everyone seeking work will have to hold an "enhanced" photo ID encoded with your personal information and digital photo. That same information and photo will be collected and stored on a central federal government database. Every employer will have to get a special DHS mandated facial-recognition "photo tool." And if you're between jobs, you'd better pray there's no glitches and that your enhanced ID, the government's database, and your potential employer's photo tool work perfectly. Otherwise, you are forbidden from being employed.
In light of the present IRS scandal, NSA sweeping intelligence-gathering on every American citizen that happens to use Verizon, Google, or Facebook, consider that the federal government will not only be collecting your information, but is now using it to start controlling what you can and cannot do. Right now it would "just" be whether or not you can earn a living. But, the nature of unlimited government is to get bigger and more intrusive.
We're all talking about how upset we should be that that "Mexicans are taking away jobs from Americans," and how we need to secure the border against further illegal immigration. OK, what if you're successful at securing the border and stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, and then you can't get a job anyway because there's a mistake in the federal government E-Verify database, or your government-issued enhanced photo ID isn't working properly?
We shouldn't be sacrificing our liberty for the promise of additional security. You should never have to ask the government's permission to carry out your human rights in whatever way you choose (as long as you aren't interfering with someone else's rights, of course).
If we want to tackle the immigration issue, we should be focusing on the root cause of why people want to come here illegally: (1) The Magnet: Our huge government welfare system. "Free" money if you don't work (unemployment insurance), "free" healthcare (Medicaid, Obamacare), "free" food (Food Stamp program, school lunch program), "free" education (not only primary-secondary but subsidized college loans), "free" housing (HUD), "free" retirement (Social Security), "free retirement healthcare (Medicare), "free" disability insurance (Social Security disability entitlements). It doesn't matter how secure you make the border. With a huge pot of gold like this sitting just north of the Rio Grande, people will figure out a way in. And they've obviously figured out how to forge the way into these programs. If you minimize the magnet (the welfare state) you will significantly reduce illegal immigration. (2) The Locked Front Door: Legal immigration is too hard and takes too long. If I had been born in Mexico, couldn't feed my family, had drug gangs trying to kidnap my kids or kill my family on a daily basis . . . I'd probably do everything I could to get myself and my family the heck out of Mexico and into the U.S., too. And I probably wouldn't wait 10 years for the bureaucratic wheels to turn to approve my application for legal status. Every human being has the right to try to better his/her condition, so long as they don't infringe on the rights of someone else by doing so. That is a fundamental Christian principle. If you simplify legal immigration, you will make enforcing the border exponentially easier because the only ones crossing the border illegally at that point are probably doing it for nefarious reasons.
Our biggest reason for opposing S744 should be that it will violate the unalienable rights of every one of us.