They say it’s about “aliens.” That’s the sort of thing they always say. Dig deeper and you’ll find it’s about all of us.
On the first day of the 112th Congress, Republican congressman David Dreier introduced H.R. 98, a bill he calls the “Illegal Immigration Enforcement and Social Security Protection Act of 2011.” But the provisions of H.R. 98 are not limited to illegal immigrants or to the provision of social security benefits. They apply to all of us.
Here’s what H.R. 98 would do:
1. Create a new national identification card with a “recent digitized photograph of the individual” and a digital data strip containing your personal information and your image. This new card would piggyback onto the old social security card issued to every American. H.R. 98 demands at the end of its text that this card not be construed as a national identification card. But it’s a card, it identifies you, and it’s national. That would make it a national identification card.
2. Register your personal information contained on this card with the Department of Homeland Security.
3. Require that every American applying for a job present this card for scanning and the sending of application information to the Department of Homeland Security for inclusion in the Homeland Security database.
4. Grant access to the information in this database not only to members of the Department of Homeland Security, but to all government officers who require it for any “purpose the Secretary of Homeland Security deems to be in the national security interests of the United States.”
The following members of Congress have cosponsored H.R. 98, throwing their support behind the introduction of this mandated national Homeland Security identification card:
Rep. Brian Bilbray (Republican-CA, District 50)
Rep. Ken Calvert (Republican-CA, District 44)
Rep. Elton Gallegly (Republican-CA, District 24)
Rep. Darrell Issa (Republican-CA, District 49)
Rep. Michael McCaul (Republican-TX, District 10)
Rep. Gary Miller (Republican-CA, District 42)
Rep. Sue Myrick (Republican-NC, District 9)
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (Democrat-TX, District 16)