If You Like The Surveillance State, You’ll Love E-Verify

Commentary by: Gordon King

Is this just another step closer to the “Mark of the Beast”?  Data collection on every American and legal immigrant.  Social security numbers, biometrics, health information and everything else the government can collect.  With the scan of a card the government will know everything about you.  Hmmm……I wonder if all that data would fit into a microchip?

Ron Paul
July 1, 2013

From massive NSA spying, to IRS targeting of the administration’s political opponents, to collection and sharing of our health care information as part of Obamacare, it seems every day we learn of another assault on our privacy. Sadly, this week the Senate took another significant, if little-noticed, step toward creating an authoritarian surveillance state. Buried in the immigration bill is a national identification system called mandatory E-Verify.

The Senate did not spend much time discussing E-Verify, and what little discussion took place was mostly bipartisan praise for its effectiveness as a tool for preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining employment. It is a tragedy that mandatory E-Verify is not receiving more attention, as it will impact nearly every American’s privacy and liberty.

The mandatory E-Verify system requires Americans to carry a “tamper-proof” social security card. Before they can legally begin a job, American citizens will have to show the card to their prospective employer, who will then have to verify their identity and eligibility to hold a job in the US by running the information through the newly-created federal E-Verify database. The database will contain photographs taken from passport files and state driver’s licenses. The law gives federal bureaucrats broad discretion in adding other “biometric” identifiers to the database. It also gives the bureaucracy broad authority to determine what features the “tamper proof” card should contain.

Regardless of one’s views on immigration, the idea that we should have to ask permission from the federal government before taking a job ought to be offensive to all Americans. Under this system, many Americans will be denied the opportunity for work. The E-Verify database will falsely identify thousands as “ineligible,” forcing many to lose job opportunities while challenging government computer inaccuracies. E-Verify will also impose additional compliance costs on American businesses, at a time when they are struggling with Obamacare implementation and other regulations.

According to David Bier of Competitive Enterprise Institute, there is nothing stopping the use of E-Verify for purposes unrelated to work verification, and these expanded uses could be authorized by agency rule-making or executive order. So it is not inconceivable that, should this bill pass, the day may come when you are not be able to board an airplane or exercise your second amendment rights without being run through the E-Verify database. It is not outside the realm of possibility that the personal health care information that will soon be collected by the IRS and shared with other federal agencies as part of Obamacare will also be linked to the E-Verify system.

Those who dismiss these concerns as paranoid should consider that the same charges were leveled at those who warned that the PATRIOT Act could lead to the government collecting our phone records and spying on our Internet usage. Just as the PATRIOT Act was only supposed to be used against terrorists but is now used to bypass constitutional protections in matters having noting to do with terrorism or national security, the national ID/mandatory E-Verify database will not only be used to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining employment. Instead, it will eventually be used as another tool to monitor and control the American people.

The recent revelations of the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans, plus recent stories of IRS targeting Tea Party and similar groups for special scrutiny, demonstrates the dangers of trusting government with this type of power. Creation of a federal database with photos and possibly other “biometric” information about American citizens is a great leap forward for the surveillance state. All Americans who still care about limited government and individual liberty should strongly oppose E-Verify.

1 thought on “If You Like The Surveillance State, You’ll Love E-Verify

  1. what will be done if the Gov. requires that each one of us gets an implanted chip ( Mark of the Beast ) as predicted in the Christian Bible in Revelations and now you go to the store and that is your Gov. Bank card and you scan the computer at the store , gas station , restaurant and what ever you do this is your only form of pay / no more money , credit cards , checks or what ever.
    The Cops , Feds and any gov. organization can drive past you as you walk and in seconds know all the info on you , they will have cameras and sensing devises installed randomly constantly monitoring you and funnelled in to a computer bank , probably like the one being finished in Uta that will consume the equivalant amount of electricity as 33,000. residential homes and will only require 200 to 250 technicians that will monitor and adjust the tempratures and repair on all the computers that are taking in our info for now and eventually be replaced by robots.{check it out on your computer ” gov. information gathering center in UTA ]
    Look around you , many of police cars have licence plate readers and it is instant as you pass the cop car , he will have on his computer screen your picture and record and if there is a problem with your registration an alarm will sound and they then will come after you , in other words the cop does not even have to watch the screen !

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