South Carolina State Representative and gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley released the following statement on the immigration reform plan proposed by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a proposal that includes a requirement for all American workers to carry a national ID card that will, according to The Wall Street Journal, contain “embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker.”
Forcing every American worker to carry a federal identification card that contains what should be confidential information starts us down a very slippery slope. Personal liberty and freedom from government intrusion are at the very heart of what has made this country so great for so long, and neither should be sacrificed in the name of so-called ‘comprehensive immigration reform.
We deserve real solutions to our immigration problems, solutions that first and foremost secure our borders and that do not under any circumstances grant amnesty to those who came here illegally. Like millions of others, my immigrant parents came to this country legally. They took the time, they paid the fees, they followed the laws – and have since enjoyed the incredible blessings that come with being a citizen of the United States of America. Those wishing to come here today can and must do the same.
“The Schumer-Graham outline entails four key components: a biometric Social Security identification card for employment verification; strengthened border security and interior law enforcement; a process for admitting temporary workers; and a controversial path toward citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.” (Roll Call)
“Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill are proposing a new national biometric ID card that would be required of all U.S. workers. Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker. … The uphill effort to pass a bill is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who plan to meet with President Barack Obama as soon as this week to update him on their work.” (The Wall Street Journal)
So, because our government – present and former – has been so cavalier about stopping illegal immigration, I have to carry biometric proof that I’m a legal resident?
Hmmm… can we start with Barack Obama?