Unsatisfactory solutions to the "immigration problem"...Submitted by Gee on Sat, 01/28/2012 - 21:03
I would like to encourage folks to pay close attention to the "Immigration" debate that is being framed in the 2012 election. Many politicians have managed to get the public quite worked up about an issue that is presented as an urgent and serious problem in America. The notion that we need to "secure our borders" post haste to protect ourselves from "Terrorists" and "Illegal Immigrants" being the apparent consensus. Rather than exploring the basic premise which itself can be debated I'm concerned about the solution that is being proposed by candidates such as Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich (as well as others) who seem to only pretend to understand the principles of limited government and freedom. The solution that they are cavalier in offering me is an "E-verify" system , run by credit card companies, that will verify the employment eligibility of "illegal immigrants". What they don't spell out is how this system will be implemented and what it really means to American citizens. Having recently travelled out of the country for the first time in a long time, I was a bit surprised by the changes in Airport Security procedures. The thing that I noticed most was that these procedures seemed to do little in the way of achieving "true security". Suffice it to say that while there were a lot of new "Bells and Whistles" that presented money making opportunities for a variety of private industries, the net result was not a "secure" feeling as I personally observed one security breach after another that would allow for any of the things they are trying to protect me from to occur anyway. Outside of my observation that no "real" security was being achieved I also was surprised by a couple things I didn't expect. For example I was detained and questioned by two men with machine guns in the London Airport because I had snapped a couple pictures outside the London Airport to show to my family at home. This turned out to be an unpleasant experience for many reasons, not the least of which was the general attitude and demeanor of the armed men questioning me. The biggest surprise was on the return trip home when, coming through customs, I noticed that every single person entering the country, citizen or otherwise, was being fingerprinted and photographed as a matter of procedure. When did this start?
The implementation of an "E-Verify" system to protect us against illegal immigrants having jobs must involve EVERY American having a "Work Card", right? I mean there's no way to only require "illegal immigrants" to have one of these cards. What's more is that we already have a system that is supposed to work in the exact same way. It's the "I-9" employment eligibility form. Employers are already supposed to verify your eligibility to work. So why the new electronic system and why do they suggest it should be managed by credit card companies? I think the premise must be that we cannot trust employers to do these verifications, that employers are not qualified to do these verifications, and that enforcing the laws and the system that is already in place is somehow unmanageable. So then who will do these verifications and what does that mean? It sounds to me like we're talking about EVERY American citizen reporting to some official agency (most likely homeland security) to present their proof of identity and citizenship status, get photographed, fingerprinted, and added to a database. Then you will be issued a card that allows you to work. What kind of card? Will it have a microchip in it? How much will I have to pay for this card and how often will I need to update it? How much will "credit card companies" make for running this system?
Why credit card companies? How will this system actually prevent anyone from working "under the table" compared to the system that is already in place? You can still pay someone cash even if they don't have a "Work Card" the same way you can pay them cash now even if they don't have an I-9 on file? Will "Cash" come under fire next? Will I somehow need my "Work Card" to cash my paycheck? Will we move for a "Credit" system that involves your "Work Card" as being the way you get and SPEND money? That might be a convenient leap if the system is already managed by "credit card companies" who already handle the way most Americans are spending their money whether it be credit spending or debit spending. The idea that this sort of imposition would be put on 300 million American citizens in an effort to alleviate a problem with an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants seems absurd. So absurd in fact that I wonder what they are really trying to accomplish. As is often the case with Government and politicians the way they talk you into something you don't want is by convincing you that it's something you do want. They manufacture a problem and the solution. If the problem is questionable, and the solution doesn't seem to solve it, you should be doubly concerned. So as far as "E-Verify" is concerned, I say be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.