“E-Verify” Is A Stealth National ID

For years, politicians have been preying on the American people’s fears of terrorism and the hysteria over illegal immigration, to push for a national ID. Concerns with government snooping and citizen privacy have taken a back seat to these efforts.

Now, they’re at it again.

In the late 1990s a national identification provision was included in an illegal immigration “reform” bill; it was later repealed. Then, in 2005, the Republican-controlled Congress passed the REAL ID Act as part of an “emergency” supplemental military spending bill. Stuck into this spending measure was a provision mandating a uniform set of driver licensing requirements for states to implement. States were required to provide the information for a database that other states could access.

As a stand-alone bill, the REAL ID Act was unable to gain much traction in the Senate; despite passing the House by a comfortable margin. But after Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) was famously criticized in 2004 by the Bush campaign for not supporting troop funding, no member of the Senate dared oppose the legislation.

Thankfully, because the REAL ID law constituted an unfunded mandate from Washington, more than 20 states have refused to implement its provisions – a form of nullification. The federal government, desperate to gain effective control over state driver’s licensing procedures and information, however, has kept pressing the issue. Legislation, known as PASS ID, was introduced to sooth some of the states’ concerns; but its window-dressing could not disguise the fact that it, too, constitutes a de facto national ID card.

This bad idea has stuck around Washington despite being thoroughly rebuked by many states.

Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, has identified several criteria necessary for a program to constitute a national ID. Obviously, federal standards would be applied in this instance; as would a requirement that it carried at all times, which is why Congress has attached the standards to driver’s licenses.

The final requirement, as noted by Harper, is that it be used for identification. This would mean that the ID card or driver’s license would contain some sort of biometric identifier; such as facial recognition. Both REAL ID and PASS ID met these criteria.

The latest stealth attack by the feds to implement a de facto national identification system, however, lurks in the E-Verify program, designed to “assist” employers in determining the work eligibility of a prospective employee. This program was designed to help prevent illegal aliens from obtaining employment in the United States.

Members of Congress are pushing to have the E-Verify program mandated in all 50 states. As explained by Harper, employers would not be allowed to opt-out of this “cardless” national ID system.

“[N]ot having data in the E-Verify databases means not having legal work, so ‘participation’ in E-Verify can be fairly called practically required. Second, try to opt out of the system and you will meet a dead end,” Harper wrote at the Cato Institute’s blog earlier this month. He added that E-Verify is “legally required if the state or federal governments have got your identity data.”

In addition to verifying Social Security numbers of prospective hires, E-Verify would meet the final requirement for a de facto national identification system, by allowing the federal government to gain access to state databases; ostensibly allowing access to other identifiers, including the photo on your state-issued driver’s license.

There are other potentially troublesome consequences if this federal program is expanded. As Harper notes, “E-Verify can be put to use in regulating access to health care and housing, in gun control and registration, in monitoring travel and lodging – the list goes on and on.”

Washington simply will not rest until it has a mandated national identification system in place. It is up to the citizens of the several states to stop this insidious scheme.

By Bob Barr – The Barr Code

58 comments Add your comment

Rick in Georgia

June 10th, 2011
5:57 am

Why be afraid of a National ID? In a welfare state like the US, receivers of “other” peoples money should be made to identify themselves! Does the Constitution require or promise anonymity?

We have been invaded by foreign nationals feeding at the government trough! Are we to just dole out tax resources to anyone who can enter the country? Are we to provide cover for those running from our justice system?

We need a national ID! It should have been our birth certificates and naturalization papers, but they just don’t cut it with the technology available to produce fraudulent documents.

Independent

June 10th, 2011
6:24 am

I agree with Rick – why are you so afraid of a national ID program. Your comment “Obviously, federal standards would be applied in this instance; as would a requirement that it carried at all times, which is why Congress has attached the standards to driver’s licenses ” makes no sense. You don’t have to carry these forms of Identification at all times. Have you ever been at the beach and had the Gestapo say “let me see your papers!” The only time you would have to show ID is if you had to prove you had a license to drive (I want to know that the person driving really did pass the driving test), or when you are hired (do you want people who are not qualified to be hired to be hired?), or when you are proving your age (or are you for underage drinking?). The truth is that we need a way of verifying that we are who we say we are to function in this world. Otherwise we open ourselves up to identification fraud.

Independent

June 10th, 2011
6:31 am

A lot of people are against E-verify because it will be effective at its task – it will keep them from hiring illegal immigrants. Right now, without e-verify, businesses can say “I did everything required by federal law, I filled out that I-9 form, and I looked at their ID forms and they looked real to me” and they cannot be prosecuted for “knowingly” hiring illegals. That is the wink and a nod system. They know some of these people are probably illegal – the fact that a person who looks of Mexican descent uses the name John Smith might be the first clue – but with no way of checking that his SS number is real, and really belongs to him, they are home free. But if you are going to make illegal immigration your hot-button national topic, then get off your butt and enact the most effective means of stopping illegal immigration – a mandatory federal e-verify requirement.

Carlosgvv

June 10th, 2011
8:24 am

For as long as we have been a country, there have always been those in power who wanted to know as much as possible about the people they governed. This is nothing new. As our Government is a compromise between Federal control and States rights, let’s let drivers licenses be our ID and resist any National Govt. tampering with them.

Eric

June 10th, 2011
8:24 am

I agree with Mr. Barr. A federal e-verify is just the tip of the iceberg on unnecessary snooping on citizens. As he pointed out before, such programs sound deceptively simple—even convincing—at first. But united the law and technology is a scary proposition. As with most people, I have nothing to hide, but this trend toward electronic/biometric monitoring is disturbingly “Orwell” and anti-American, assuming freedom still means anything.

hsn

June 10th, 2011
8:34 am

Excellent article, Bob ! The invasion of individual privacy is becoming alarming.
Unfortunately, “freedom-loving” citizens in YOUR party, have no problems, driving us closer and closer to a police state!

Very soon, you can’t even buy a gallon of milk without showing “your papers.” What country is this great country turning into? Unfortunately, E-verify IS NOT what it seems to be. For example, one illegal alien can just “borrow” a legal alien’s credentials, use it to apply for a job and E-verify CANNOT detect it. One positive thing about it though is that the federal congress had the sense to make it VOLUNTARY!

When the same people who support E-verify begin to claim “they want government out of the way of ordinary citizens” I just laugh!

P. McCall

June 10th, 2011
8:47 am

What a crock! There is already a national identification called a social security number. Barr’s basis for a national idea is the existing social security number…. For folks retired, disabled, or small business with less than the required limit number of people there is NO E-VERIFY. Therefore E-Verify by itself is not a boogeyman.

Barr is smart enough to know SS # is already govt. identification. This is just a slight of hand to misdirect people against HB 87. And for his purposeful misdirection I condemn Bob Barr.

mike

June 10th, 2011
8:48 am

Just put a chip in my right hand and get it over with.

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hsn

June 10th, 2011
9:10 am

P. McCall says, “This is just a slight of hand to misdirect people against HB 87. And for his purposeful misdirection I condemn Bob Barr.”

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Sorry, if the states think that the Federal Government is not enforcing its immigration laws, there are constitutional processes to hold the Feds accountable. States cannot just slap their a$$es, and create their own immigration laws. Or, is the constitutional process too inconvenient for the states?

While we are at it, if the states deem that the Federal Government is not printing enough money, will the states “step in” to print their own money as well? It is the feds that issue and revoke visas and citizenship, NOT states. The Feds legislate, run, and control immigration, NOT states.

The “HB” series being passed by the “red states” craving popularity are a subversion of the US constitution. Immigration is a FEDERAL POLICY, period. Go and read the “Supremacy Clause” of the US Constitution.

Jeb

June 10th, 2011
9:48 am

Bob, dont you support the patriot act?

Hammer and Cycle

June 10th, 2011
9:58 am

I’ve got another book for the Barr Library: Don Quixote. (not so much wind power as break wind power, not so much lance as boil.).

You know, I’ve been watching Russian Television. Those news anchors can never resist taking shot at Uncle Sam by weighing a civil rights angle. Their asides are relentlessly cold war, and they sound exactly like Barr’s blog reads. I mean, to take every single issue and frame it in the form of a dirge to our constitution is not just annoying, it’s treasonous.

Go soak your head comrade barr.

bwa

furious_styles

June 10th, 2011
10:02 am

If E-Verify is a stealth National ID, then XBOX Live is a stealth National ID. LOL

J. Wellington Wimpy

June 10th, 2011
10:08 am

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today……….

Not Blind

June 10th, 2011
10:12 am

What the heck do you think our drivers license is ? It’s surely not about the ability to drive. It’s just an ID.

Congressman Weiner

June 10th, 2011
10:23 am

I am having trouble figuring out which photo to put on my National ID card. hmmm…maybe a shot of my pecs and abs??? No…I think an underwear pose might be best!

ROCKERBABE

June 10th, 2011
10:46 am

Maybe so. So why is the GOP and all the rest of the wingnuts pushing this E-verify program? Because so many of the wingnut CEO’s are hiring illegals to do the work that Americans can and will do.

I don’t like it, but since when did the GOP ever listen to any of the average citizens in their mist, when they weren’t carrying a pitch-fork or a baseball bat?

Common Sense

June 10th, 2011
11:50 am

I have a national ID, it’s called a Passport and it is biometric. My SSN was used by an illegal working for a school system in Kentucky 2 years ago. With E-Verify, that would not have happened. I work in the construction industry and illegals have ruined the structure of the sub-contracting business. Their work is shoddy and careless. My company PROUDLY uses E-Verify and hires only AMERICAN citizens.

WOW

June 10th, 2011
12:05 pm

ROCKERBABE, your rat party is responsible for the creation of the KKK.

Ezra

June 10th, 2011
12:29 pm

Bob is this an attempt to help illegal immigrants get employment in the US or make our borders more porous by getting rid of E-Verify?

Hillbilly D

June 10th, 2011
12:42 pm

We already have a stealth national ID, it’s called a Social Security card. According the Social Security Act, you were only supposed to have to show it to the Social Security Administration. That didn’t last long.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

June 10th, 2011
1:16 pm

The national ID card argument is merely a symptom of a larger problem – the real problem is the continuously-ascending control exercised by he central government.

Tom(Independent)

June 10th, 2011
1:45 pm

This might be a little off topic but it is about immigration. Every time a state(Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, etc) passes an immigration law ,the ACLU, Southern Proverty Law Group, Taliban,etc sues on behalf of liberals and illegal immigrants to stop the new law. These new laws benefit the CITIZENS of these states not the ILLEGALS or UNDOCUMENTED, as the libs like to say! Just a thought – have all the ILLEGALS move to liberal Democratic states where they choose not to enforce immigration laws to protect it’s CITIZENS rights. PS – Please take the ACLU type groups with you! Thank you, an INDEPENDENT voter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Inspector G

June 10th, 2011
1:57 pm

I once saw Matthew Stafford majestically strolling through North Campus. He abruptly stopped, looked down, and picked up what would later be confirmed as a real pot of gold. You see, he was standing at the end of a rainbow. He begins to search through the pot and it turns out to be $500,000 YEN. Since Matt is a purveyor of all knowledge, he knew that only accounted for about $6220 american, so he wasn’t impressed. After discussing contemporary american politics and why oxygen bars are stupid with the Leprechaun, he took the little guy to Amicis where he treated him to honey hot wings and buffalo chicken garcheemar, which by all accounts was delicious. I was in the corner yelling “who all seen’d da lepracorn say yee-ahh!” and “I’m gonna rent a backhoe and uproot dat tree. I want da gold, gimme da gold.” while simultaneously drafting amatuer sketches of what I had seen that day.
-Inspector G

amnesia chick

June 10th, 2011
3:09 pm

As an amnesia sufferer, with the E-Verify program I will never be able to work again because I do not know who I am, and will have to get hand outs from the government. My sister works in a nude dance club and because she does not want anyone (especially her boss) to know who she really is, she gave them a fake ID (she pays the correct taxes to the IRS).

How will the two of us young attractive females support themselves once E-Verify is put in?

Tony Weigel

June 10th, 2011
4:30 pm

Mr. Barr,

Thank you for calling this one out.

I have read and re-read the legislative history to IRCA from 1986. One of the things they were very clear about was that the I-9 process should not lead to a national ID system. The use of state ID for federal ID verification purposes to gain access to a job, if not a national ID system, is the closest thing I could imagine one being. Anyway, submitted the following comment to the DHS, pursuant to its regulatory notice:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am writing in opposition to the DHS’s attempt to “back-door” a national ID system. No where in the proposed regulation is mention of:

8 USC 1324a(c), INA 274A(c) – No authorization of national identification cards.–Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize, directly or indirectly, the issuance or use of national identification cards or the establishment of a national identification card.

Although P.L. 104-208, TITLE IV–ENFORCEMENT OF RESTRICTIONS AGAINST EMPLOYMENT, SUBTITLE A–PILOT PROGRAMS FOR EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY CONFIRMATION, SEC. 401-405, and subsequent bills authorize E-Verify’s existence, to my knowledge, INA 274A(c) has not been amended or stricken from the code.

The DHS must explain how the accessing of state ID records under its proposal is not precluded by the statute.

Given the growing number of mandates to use E-Verify, in order for one to work and for an employer to verify identity, the state ID will now serve as a key component in permitting a person to gain employment in the U.S. In this manner, the state ID’s dual purpose is that of a national ID, to be utilized by the federal government.

In this manner, the DHS’s proposed regulation appears to face a statutory hurdle.

I look forward to discussion of this point in further Federal Register comments. However, in the interim, I hope the DHS does not resort to using state ID’s as national ID’s in the interim.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Oscar Greasemanelli

June 10th, 2011
5:06 pm

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ROCKERBABE

June 10th, 2011
5:09 pm

WOW:
an just what does the KKK have to do with E-verify? The KKK is part of history now, fow the most part and I doubt Dems are any more responsible for the KKK than the GOP is.

Crowell

June 10th, 2011
5:37 pm

Barr you really are crazy.

eatmotacos

June 10th, 2011
8:25 pm

It seems that the Nutty Buddy Barr runs in the same circles as the Shady Deal, and they share the same Sugar Daddies, who want to keep their third world labor pool intact. Fortunately, it appears that the citizens are beginning to wise up to this arrangement.

Jack

June 10th, 2011
9:28 pm

The purpose of the biometric requirement of a non-smiling facial image is to allow facial recognition programs to work with the most efficiency. These programs have had trials run at various crowd events such as at stadiums to try to test and improve positive hits. It is all about tracking and tracing you every moment of the day.

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June 11th, 2011
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Jack

June 11th, 2011
8:03 am

Try using E-Verify. Then blog about it.

Hammer and Cycle

June 11th, 2011
9:47 am

Try blogging, and then using E-Verify to identify the morons who comment!

WOW

June 11th, 2011
10:41 am

“an just what does the KKK have to do with E-verify? ”

About the same as your comments having to do with the GOP, Gump.

“The KKK is part of history now, fow the most part and I doubt Dems are any more responsible for the KKK than the GOP is.”

The KKK was created by Democrats.

WOW

June 11th, 2011
10:44 am

Democrats and Democrat voters are stupid stupid people.

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I love how ignorant tards like Rockerbabe etc blame the GOP for everything yet they overlook hypocrisy and stupidity in their own party. People like Rockerbabe didn’t even graduate high school and should therefore not even be allowed in a voting booth. Idiots.

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Steve

June 12th, 2011
3:49 pm

I LOVE THIS BLOG! Keep up the excellent work and the good fight!

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Legal

June 13th, 2011
2:10 pm

We have more than enough infrastructure to maintain the country’s sovereignty. Nat ID is a vital, well established prerequisite on the way to ONE WORLD GOV, and the ‘terrorist threat’ is its facilitator. If Congress was worried about our safety they’d hook up the rad monitors the EPA disabled to protect us from FUKUSHIMA, they’d enforce laws against illegals and a hundred other, similar laws they ignore. This is about power and control period. The only security that concerns the government is their own, and that of their paymasters, the corps and banksters.

Al Aguilar

June 13th, 2011
3:58 pm

I have carried a national ID for over thirty years. This national ID can is subject to being counterfitted but is still used today. Its called a U.S. Military ID card. Stick to the SSN, lets not spend money we don’t have.

Padraig

June 13th, 2011
5:43 pm

Bob I don’t disagree with your concern about E-Verify morphing into a national ID system. But it seems to be our most effective tool at the moment for identifying illegal aliens. So my question to you is, if not E-Verify then what would be your better idea for rounding up the border jumpers?

Don

June 13th, 2011
7:13 pm

I’ve noticed the vast majority of the comments acquiesce to ID mandates. I just shake my head.

Mr. Barr is absolutely correct about the REAL ID Act, the time frame, and the requirements of states by the fed. One of my clients in 1999 was a state DMV. I’ve been an IT Systems Architect/Engineer for over 35 years. Everything he stated is true. Matter of fact, if the general public knew 1/10th of what I know regarding the vast information that is collected on everyone, who/what has access to it, and how it can be (and is quite often) used, you might leave the country (which I’m considering). But, if you’re going to do that, your destination has to be an undeveloped country, for all of the rest share the information as well.

As a citizen, it is appalling to me to have to identify myself to anyone at all. As an employer, if the government wants me to obtain and maintain information about employees, I’m expending my resources for their benefit (gov’t) without payment/compensation. Every year it irritates the hell out of me to HAVE to send the gov’t, and the W-2’s and 1099’s. When the law is crystal clear, it is the responsibility of the person to report THEIR income to the gov’t, who’s paying ME to be YOUR bookkeeper?

Instantly in the comments above, I read the IMMEDIATE question socially oriented humanoids ask – “What do you have to hide?”. EVERYTHING! Anything about me as a person is NOBODY’s BUSINESS! Just like I DON’T WANT TO KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT YOU, EVER! I don’t care what you have done, where you graduated from, whether or not you went to college, what race you are, what country you’re from, married or not, have kids, criminal or any other background, credit, what country you’re from, or worship a head of lettuce! The only thing I want to know (as an employer) is whether or not you are (or can) do the job I’m paying you for.

As an individual, the last thing I want around me is another person. I don’t discriminate. I hate everybody. We do business, that’s it. I provide a product/service. If you like it, you buy it, and pay me. You’re happy, I’m happy, end of story. If you don’t like it, you go elsewhere to find what you want, also end of story.

So, given the above, why the hell should the government (any government) want to know a damn thing about me, you, or anyone else? The only question they should be asking is are you paying your fair share of the services the government provides for you (defense, education, fire, pigs (police), etc.)?

Now, those of you (majority) who immediately ask “What are you hiding?” please answer the question WHAT BUSINESS IS IT OF YOURS?

Go *&^^% yourself.

Esdraelon

June 14th, 2011
9:09 am

It is curious how events precipitate eventual results. 9/11 gave us the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, etc, now little old ladies and kids just barely able to walk, former Miss America’s, as well as aspiring models are subject to legal molestation by the TSA who hired felons when they were unable to fill all the ’security’ positions necessary. The prospect of feeling up beautiful woman, and an occasional male doubtless puts the job on the A-list.

That supposedly, made us ’safe’ from terrorism, though the governments real objective is to keep tabs upon it’s own citizens, heaven forbid that we actual terrorists, and this E-verify is simply another opportunity precipitated by illegal immigration.

Yes, we have ‘national’ ID systems, all too subject to counterfeit. The objective is to get all the information into a national database where identification is basically instantaneous. Eventually there will be something of a bar code (no pun intended) on then drivers license that law enforcement can scam into a computer and instead of waiting for identification, all a persons information is right in front of the officer at the site. bar codes, however, are subject to hacking and counterfeit with today’s technology, thus a more permanent identification needs to be placed directly in or upon the subject which can be scanned with a hand scanner exactly like those in your neighborhood Home Depot, Lowes, grocery, etc.

Such an identification system may alleviate fears of those who now see an illegal behind every tree where previously, it was a communist, Islamic terrorist, etc., but the end result is a scenario exactly like that as outlined in the Revelation of Jesus Christ: “He (the antichrist) will cause a mark to be placed upon their hands or their foreheads.” (paraphrasing). Scripture written thousands of years ago focusing upon the end time of this age, and leading up to the return of Christ.

It is truly interesting but hair-raising to see prophecy unfolding directly before our eyes, but there can be no denial that prophecy is happening as foretold, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary, we are assuredly caught up in it.

Tyson

June 14th, 2011
11:31 am

It amazes me to see Americans freely say please give me a National ID card, please mark me in some way so I can be identified as an American. Have you lost your minds? Are Americans really that delusional that once implemented the government won’t use it to increase the monitoring of your life and decide which liberty and freedom you will be given? You have to be the same people willingly giving away your God given rights.

Wake up, map out the end game step by step. Will you protest when you won’t be able to buy milk because you just happened to leave your ID at home, or happily go to the local police station until a family member can retreive it for you. A driver license is a permit required for the privilege of driving, Identification of being American or your idendity is a right which does not require a permit!

Tyson

June 14th, 2011
11:37 am

Padraig
Rounding up border jumpers? You are joking, illegals aren’t being rounded up! In fact they are being encourage to come. Why when you have not a porous border but an open border do you really care if we have illegal immigrants or not. The Federal government again infringing on States rights, we better start fighting back and soon or the largest concentration camp in the world will be build right around us, restrition of travel, restriction of where your work, restrition of what you can study if you receive a PELL grant, restriction, restrictions and more restrictions….The answer is more freedom, more freedom, more freedom!

BTW,

AMEN DON! Whose business is it of the government or your snoopy neighbor who I am?

Jeff in Wisconsin

June 14th, 2011
12:27 pm

Hah….. and a lot of people think the Bible is just a book. That no man might buy or sell….. a simple phrase that is accomplished when you impose a system that removes gold, silver and notes of debt from diverse nations with something so simple to a computer ……… such as a number for a name.

Cristopher Cletcher

June 14th, 2011
12:40 pm

Are people that blind it’s government control. This will be used against the American people. It’s the beginning of a police state and martial law. Martial law was signed into law in 2010 by president Obama. The E verify chip will become the mark of the beast which is talked about in Revelation 13

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Tom

June 14th, 2011
1:01 pm

As I’m perusing the reader comments on this, I’m appalled the number of sheeple there are in the world. Do you really think that a National ID is a good thing and that it won’t ever be used to keep track on everything you do? Yes, yes, I know that they already do, but why make it easier for them?

And why would anyone believe that the Patriot Act is for the good of the country? It’s stripping you of your Constitutional rights, and you’re happy to comply?

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Not even close anymore.

Teri

June 14th, 2011
6:18 pm

Every single liberty the corporation government since FDR RE-ESTABLISHED martial law under the Trading With The Enemy Act in 1933 which has kept us under martial law and our Constitution suspended since, has TAKEN from the people has been given over freely under the silly guise of “national security”. Trading liberty for security is a one way ticket to global slavery. If you think this issue is dangerous look into U.N. Agenda 21 code name in America, “Sustainable Development”. See how you feel about global genocide, through food, chem-trails, big pharma, vaccines etc. Then if you are still not ticked off enough try on the International Property Maintenance Code and how your state is implementing both those things. Trust me people National ID is the least of our worries although as for me… forget it no CHIP NO WAY!