UPDATE, April 2013
We have changed the title to this campaign from "Oppose the E-verify National ID System" to simply "Oppose National ID Systems."
That's because a new "Immigration Reform" bill would mandate a supposedly "more secure" card or even direct bio-metric readings on all job applicants, including you.
Sen. John McCain says he supports "a super Social Security card that would have some sort of 'biometric thing' like a fingerprint." Sounds like he knows what he's a real expert who knows what he's talking about, right?
Let us interpret: This is E-Verify on steroids!
Most of our former concerns about E-Verify STILL apply when discussing any new "National ID" system. Read our original objections, below...
E-Verify is "an Internet-based system operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify is currently free to employers and is available in all 50 states. E-Verify provides an automated link to federal databases to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers."
The nominal intent of the bill is to crack down on illegal immigration, even though America has a shortage of unskilled labor and would be better served by broadening immigration law.
And yet the victims of the bill will be innocent, law-abiding employers and employees. For instance . . .
Here is a digested version of the objections . . .
E-Verify is a national identification and surveillance system run by the same friendly people who brought you the airport TSA system. It will lead to even more bureaucracy, greater surveillance, and less freedom.
Tell your Representative and Senators to oppose E-Verify.
Use the form at right to send your elected representatives a letter about this issue. It's easy!
We provide the first few words of the letter so that Congressional offices will see the most important point right at the start, and so that no one can hijack our system for another purpose. Here's the part we provide . . .