Apparently, there is suddenly a bipartisan agenda for “immigration reform.” As far as I can tell, this involves insisting on “a path to citizenship” for people who are in the United States illegally. It seems we won’t allow people to simply work and live here. I haven’t heard anything about permitting more legal residents. The bipartisan consensus demands that they start voting in US elections.
But along with this sudden influx in citizenship comes promises that, this time, we will really stop the flow of illegal immigrants so that we won’t be simply adding millions upon millions of new citizens every decade or less. Also, making sure terrorists don’t cross the border does seem like a responsibility of the Federal Government, so I can see the point of having control of all our borders.
But the proposals for “watching the border” turn out to be plans to watch all of us. As Ron Paul warned,
“The devil is in the details, and the details of the McCain plan are deeply disturbing. To secure the borders he is calling for a massive increase in drones flying over US territory, spying on US citizens along the border – and presumably within the 100 mile “border zone” over which Department of Homeland Security claims jurisdiction.”
And not just drones, but also biometric national ID cards that are required for any American to get a job. As Raul Reyes wrote,
“As part of immigration reform, some lawmakers want Social Security cards that come with a fingerprint. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) say that biometric identification could soon be required for employment. On Thursday, McCain said he was for a Social Security card with enhanced technology. Schumer supports the idea too. Likewise, President Obama has called for Social Security cards with “new methods to authenticate identity.” Not so fast. No amount of bipartisan support can make biometric ID cards a good idea.”
He points out that, even if the system was 99 percent accurate, that would mean 1.5 million Americans would be prevented from having a job. Furthermore, the system would be extremely expensive to set up and maintain
But the real price is higher than the money we can’t afford. I remember a friend of mine a couple of decades ago was given a valuable German wallet as a present. He liked it but told me it was loaded with storage for the documentation that all Germans were required to carry on their persons at all times. American wallets didn’t require such things.
But America is getting less American. And the fact that it is being pulled in that direction in the name of defending the border is ironic, but not surprising. This wouldn’t be the first time that the government, claiming to want to restrain foreigners, actually sets up a holding cell for American citizens. Drones for overseas “enemies” are being pushed at home. Technology that is supposed to prevent illegal aliens from living here is actually designed to track all Americans in one database.
Americans seem to want to believe that the US government would only “do that kind of thing” to members of another nation. I think it would be good if Americans started to consider if maybe people who work in government regard all the rest of us as members of another nation.