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Dems Demand A ‘National Identity Card’

From The Hill:

Dems spark alarm with call for national ID card

By Alexander Bolton – 04/30/10

A plan by Senate Democratic leaders to reform the nation’s immigration laws ran into strong opposition from civil liberties defenders before lawmakers even unveiled it Thursday.

Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker in the nation to carry a national identification card with biometric information, such as a fingerprint, within the next six years, according to a draft of the measure.

The proposal is one of the biggest differences between the newest immigration reform proposal and legislation crafted by late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The national ID program would be titled the Believe System, an acronym for Biometric Enrollment, Locally stored Information and Electronic Verification of Employment.

It would require all workers across the nation to carry a card with a digital encryption key that would have to match work authorization databases.

“The cardholder’s identity will be verified by matching the biometric identifier stored within the microprocessing chip on the card to the identifier provided by the cardholder that shall be read by the scanner used by the employer,” states the Democratic legislative proposal.

The American Civil Liberties Union, a civil liberties defender often aligned with the Democratic Party, wasted no time in blasting the plan.

“Creating a biometric national ID will not only be astronomically expensive, it will usher government into the very center of our lives. Every worker in America will need a government permission slip in order to work. And all of this will come with a new federal bureaucracy — one that combines the worst elements of the DMV and the TSA,” said Christopher Calabrese, ACLU legislative counsel.

“America’s broken immigration system needs real, workable reform, but it cannot come at the expense of privacy and individual freedoms,” Calabrese added.

The ACLU said “if the biometric national ID card provision of the draft bill becomes law, every worker in America would have to be fingerprinted.”

A source at one pro-immigration reform group described the proposal as “Orwellian.”

But Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), who has worked on the proposal and helped unveil it at a press conference Thursday, predicted the public has become more comfortable with the idea of a national identification card.

“The biometric identification card is a critical element here,” Durbin said. “For a long time it was resisted by many groups, but now we live in a world where we take off our shoes at the airport and pull out our identification.

“People understand that in this vulnerable world, we have to be able to present identification,” Durbin added. “We want it to be reliable, and I think that’s going to help us in this debate on immigration.”

Implementing a nationwide identification program for every worker will be a difficult task.

The Social Security Administration has estimated that 3.6 million Americans would have to visit SSA field offices to correct mistakes in records or else risk losing their jobs…

“Your papers, please” is only Nazi-like when the Republicans do it.

By the way, why is this card only to be for workers?

Shouldn’t non-workers, like people on welfare, be included as well?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Dems Demand A ‘National Identity Card’”

  1. proreason says:

    a is z. down is up. black is white. yes is no.

    springtime in obamyland.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I find it unsettling that I am on the same side as the ACLU (All Criminals Love Us) on this issue.

    You know that something is inherently evil when even the ACLU is against a “progressive” idea like this.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Will the president be getting one of these when he shows his birth certificate?

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    I wonder if this is just a stunt by the left to scare people into demanding what they want to do.
    Not that it matters.
    An effective identification system (that is also secure) would solve a lot of problems and really doesn’t intrude more than getting a drivers license and credit card.

  5. jackrv says:

    I remember this being tossed around by the Dems last year also.


  6. wardmama4 says:

    Pro – you forgot Wrong is Right.

    And like Right – I find it unsettling that I am on the side of the ACLU on this one.

    And NoNeo – this is not secure – it is a way for the 16,000 new IRS agents to know exactly where you are to track you down faster when you don’t do whatever new edict The Won’s regime sends out next.

    I can not believe that a news source would use the word secure (ask Joe the Plumber or Sarah Palin how secure any information about you is – and government in the same sentence – most especially this gov – not NO but HELL NO.

    God Help America (and I can’t believe that McAmnesty was in on this – how dare he call himself a Republican).

  7. JohnMG says:

    …..”Democratic leaders have proposed requiring every worker in the nation to carry a national identification card with biometric information,….”

    The sign of the Beast. How is this different from a number tattooed on your arm?

    Not very!

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “A sign of the Beast.” I quite agree. What would happen if enough of us refuse to partake?

      “Implementing a nationwide identification program for every worker will be a difficult task.”

      Let’s make sure we keep it that way!!!

  8. Proof says:

    Shall we all hold our breath until the liberal talking heads start likening this to the Nazis and “Show us your papers!”?

  9. BillK says:

    Can you imagine how the press would have reacted had a Republican even mentioned this plan?

  10. Mithrandir says:

    *You will beg to have this “Sign of the Beast” card over time. When you:

    Can’t buy or sell
    Can’t get on an airplane
    Can’t get a job
    Can’t get into college
    Can’t get a passport or travel
    Can’t get a gun

    It will be a MIRACLE CARD!
    *Stop illegals from taking our jobs, benefits
    *Stop terrorists from coming into or operating in our country
    *Locate crime suspects easily (card will have GPS chip in it)
    *Find our grandma with alzheimers disease
    *Find lost and abducted children
    *Track outbreaks of disease, they will know what you bought at a store for instant recall, and who you slept with that is spreading STDs.

    MAN! HOW DID WE LIVE WITHOUT IT? —-it won’t be compulsory, but the inconvenience of NOT having this card will practically make it compulsory.

    • Perdido says:

      You are exactly correct. Think of how difficult it is to operate without a “Taxpayer ID Number”. It is completely NOT required because it says you are running a privileged government “trade or business”. Precious few of us do, but because of the ignorance and fear so widely spread getting a payment out of a client is nearly impossible without going through the IRS formwork hoops. Look how quickly and proudly people starting business “incorporate” their firms when all that exercise does is put them under the Fed and IRS thumbs. (Insurance is much, much cheaper and way more private and it doesn’t exchange a right for a dubious ‘privilege’.)

      Step by step they are aggrandizing defacto control of every aspect of Americans lives. This is just awful because Mirthy Mithrander is correct: People will stand in line to forfeit the next level of liberty. Freedom ebbs.

  11. wardmama4 says:

    Wow – a 2010 version of the Sign of the Beast – it had not crossed my mind – what a chilling thought.

    Twilght – just read any of the Left Behind series to get a feel for what will happen if you don’t ‘cooperate’ – or if you are not into the religious take on it – read the Out of the Ashes (harder to find, it’s an older mens adventure series 35 books from 1983 to 2003). Both pretty much depict the brutality and hardship that will occur if We The People allow these despicable tyrant wanna-bes to succeed in ‘changing’ & ‘transforming’ America into a 3rd World dictator controlled cesspool.

    Yes Imagine the screeding, protesting and outright – umm, the words are on the tip of my tongue – oh yeah – patriotic dissent that would have erupted had a Republican even hinted at such nonsense.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      I’m familiar with the “Left Behind” series. All the more reason to develop a local, regional, and national network of reliable, like-minded people with whom we can barter and depend on for help.

  12. P. Aaron says:

    Is one madated by law to present this ID when they vote?

    • Perdido says:

      It’d be easier to start there and add to what is left not requiring the presentation of ID.

      “Land of the Free” is such a non sequitur anymore.

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