Civil liberties groups and even some die-hard supporters of the Democratic Party are raising the alarm over the Democrats' proposed immigration overhaul, which would see the creation of a national biometric ID card.
"If the biometric national ID card provision of the draft bill becomes law, every worker in America would have to be fingerprinted and a new federal bureaucracy – one that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars – would have to be created to issue cards," the ACLU said in a statement Thursday, following the release of Senate Democrat's 28-page proposal (PDF) for comprehensive immigration reform.
“Creating a biometric national ID will not only be astronomically expensive, it will usher government into the very center of our lives. Every worker in America will need a government permission slip in order to work. And all of this will come with a new federal bureaucracy – one that combines the worst elements of the DMV and the TSA,” said Christopher Calabrese, ACLU Legislative Counsel.
At first blush, this appears to be an instance of lawmakers speaking, lawmakers who didn't get the memo that the government collapsed.
Ask any political theorist, he'll tell you: What happens in a case like this is that dead enders will pass a "law" that says employers have to check people's papers or something before he can enter into a private employment contract with them. Something. They'll keep propounding about whatever cockamamie idea they come up with next. But since the government doesn't exist anymore, obviously the employer will ignore the words of an entity that is mute. (A collapsed government's employees are always the last to know that they won't be getting a paycheck anymore. You don't ask the barber if you need a haircut.)
Then some guys who very badly need their employer to continue existing so that they can have their pensions and dental plans will show up and cause some trouble, muttering something about "following the law."
So the employer sighs and rolls his eyes at these dead enders and he picks up the phone and hits speed dial for security.
Then his private security --or the constabulary of whatever political union has arisen, likely one that doesn't fly planes into buildings and torture people and rape children in gulag hellholes and otherwise cause people to barf just by thinking about it, much less be associated with it-- his security show up.
And his security guys laugh and joke with the "government" agents and they all share a laugh and our security guys explain that these other guys don't have jurisdiction here --owing to their employer having evaporated by flying planes into the World Trade Center, among other outrages-- and they clap the "government" agents on the back and share another joke and escort them off the property under force of arms.
And if the "government" agents --that is, common criminals waving around a badge they have no claim to the protection of, owing to that political entity's having collapsed-- if those "government" agents resist, the agents of that new constabulary kneel them down and execute them.
Ask any political theorist. It's what happens when governments collapse. It's a perfectly righteous kill. It's self-defense against criminals waving around badges they might as well have found in a trash bin.
Things change. Governments come and go all the time. It's not at all noteworthy. It's a yawn-fest, really.
United States accidentally made it impossible to enforce it own laws.