A bill has been introduced by Congressman Lamar “SOPA” Smith of Texas. This bill, if passed, will create a national data base. By law, every employer will have to submit the applicant’s name, Social Security number into this data base. The data base will then tell the employer if it is legal to hire this person. This is from Casey Research, which is run by my old friend Doug Casey.
HR 2885, introduced in the House by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) in June, sets the stupefying goal of verifying the identity of every job-seeker in the US. Let’s put that another way. If you apply for a job in the US, you will not be hired until you get a government stamp of approval.
Here’s how Smith would like it to work: The new law would require all employers to submit potential employees’ names, Social Security numbers, and such other data as the government may find pertinent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for authorization before an employee can start work. The data would then be vetted by E-Verify, a government-run database and employment identification verification system.
This is an assault on our liberty by the federal government. If passed, it will be an extension of the National ID card that the Department of Homeland Security will impose on the states in less than one year.
The DHS will also enforce this law, if passed. It’s a back-door ID card, despite official denials.
This bill, if passed, will add another layer of regulation on small businesses. With 8.6% unemployment, we do not need more regulation of business.
It would slow down hiring. That is not what desperate unemployed people need. They want work now.
Why is it the federal government’s task to decide who gets hired?
Private-sector employers will evolve into extensions of the government… a vast, national police force, if you will. It’s not much of a leap to see them eventually tasked with verifying whether employees are delinquent in the payment of federal, state or local taxes, in compliance with child support or alimony decrees, on a terrorist watch list, or convicted or even accused of a crime.
Originally, HR 2885 had a prohibition against using the E-Verify database for anything other than employment verification, but that was replaced by a new section allowing it to be used to “protect critical infrastructure.” That could affect everything from your right to fly to your ability to access public buildings… not to mention that the information is sure to be shared throughout the law enforcement and intelligence communities.
Step by step, the federal government is creating a system of national surveillance. It will be more than surveillance. It will extend to our livelihoods.