“The immigration bill (SB 744) co-sponsored by Florida Senator Rubio will affect you and your children if it passes- it does not just apply to non-citizens. You’ll all need a micro chipped national ID to get a job. I have read the bill, and that is what it says- the text is linked in the blog piece. This is a seriously bad bill.”-Paul Henry
There is a good bit of attention lately on the “Gang of 8″ (which includes Florida Senator Marco Rubio) Immigration Bill. I have been focused on other issues, but my friend Kaye Beach posted about it recently, so I read through the bill (SB744, sponsored by Sen. Schumer, D-NY). Sure enough, there is a section in it about REAL ID, and it’s not just any plain-Jane gold star REAL ID, it’s “enhanced” REAL ID. First, the relevant bill language is found in SEC. 274A.(c)(1)(C)(iii)(I)- yes, it is REALLY buried in the bill:
There is a good bit of attention lately on the “Gang of 8″ (which includes Florida Senator Marco Rubio) Immigration Bill. I have been focused on other issues, but my friend Kaye Beach posted about it recently, so I read through the bill (SB744, sponsored by Sen. Schumer, D-NY). Sure enough, there is a section in it about REAL ID, and it’s not just any plain-Jane gold star REAL ID, it’s “enhanced” REAL ID. First, the relevant bill language is found in SEC. 274A.(c)(1)(C)(iii)(I)- yes, it is REALly buried in the bill:
‘(1) IN GENERAL- It is unlawful for an employer–
‘(A) to hire, recruit, or refer for a fee an alien for employment in the United States knowing that the alien is an unauthorized alien with respect to such employment; or
‘(B) to hire, recruit, or refer for a fee for employment in the United States an individual without complying with the requirements under subsections (c) and (d).
‘(c) Document Verification Requirements- Any employer hiring an individual for employment in the United States shall comply with the following requirements and the requirements under subsection (d) to verify that the individual has employment authorized status:
‘(1) ATTESTATION AFTER EXAMINATION OF DOCUMENTATION-
‘(C) DOCUMENTS ESTABLISHING IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZED STATUS- A document is specified in this subparagraph if the document is unexpired (unless the validity of the document is extended by law) and is 1 of the following:
‘(iii) An enhanced driver’s license or identification card issued to a national of the United States by a State or a federally recognized Indian tribe that–
‘(I) meets the requirements under section 202 of the REAL ID Act of 2005 (division B of Public Law 109-13; 49 U.S.C. 30301 note); and
‘(II) the Secretary has certified by notice published in the Federal Register and through appropriate notice directly to employers registered in the System 3 months prior to publication that such enhanced license or card is suitable for use under this subparagraph based upon the accuracy and security of the issuance process, security features on the document, and such other factors as the Secretary may prescribe.
The title sounds good, it would lead one to believe it only applies to aliens, and then it specifies “nationals”. Right? Well all nationals are not citizens, but ALL CITIZENS ARE NATIONALS. Look at what happens when we READ THE BILL: (c) Clearly says ANY employer hiring AN individual for employment in these United States shall comply with these requirements. So much for it just applying to aliens.
Next, what is an enhanced REAL ID? One that has an RFID chip. Read about the dangers of the insecure RFID here. I was able to defeat this measure in Florida in 2012. I had no doubt it would be back. If the Congress passes this bill, then it will be license for the big-government folks in Tallahassee to say once again just as they did with REAL ID: “It’s federal law, so we have to do it.”
Time for Michael Badnarik again.
Where will you draw the line?
Our lobbying team consists of John Hallman and Paul Henry. It is essential to have a voice in our legislature 12 months a year, as the legislative process starts NOW. If you wait too long on an issue, it will pass you by.
John Hallman is an active, longtime voice in all levels of Florida politics and is a veteran of advocating issues of liberty in the Florida legislature. John also has served as the State Director for FreedomWorks; the pro-free market organization as well as Deputy Director of Florida Stop Lawsuit Abuse. While in Tallahassee, John has represented such groups as Florida Taxpayers Union, Cut Property Taxes Now, The Second Amendment Coalition of Florida and The Florida Campaign for Liberty. Besides his work in Tallahassee, John also serves on the Leadership Team of the Liberty Empowerment Institute. John teaches activists training schools, is a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has written numerous articles promoting the cause of individual liberty.
Paul is a retired Florida trooper, having worked not only as a trooper but also traffic homicide investigator, line supervisor, and investigative Lieutenant prior to his retirement. Paul is the founder of the citizen group Floridians Against REAL ID and has been an outspoken advocate of constitutional government at the local, state, and federal level. Paul has the ability to read and understand legislative terms and language and perform in-depth analysis on issues such as red light cameras. Paul was the author of two bills for the 2012 Florida Legislature, a REAL ID repeal and the Florida Motorist Rights Restoration Act. As the Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs with the Florida Campaign for Liberty, Paul was responsible for finding RFID chip enabling language in a 2012 highway safety bill and getting the bill’s sponsor to remove all of the language. In 2013 with just a part-time effort, Paul’s efforts prevented Floridians from being saddled with automated school bus enforcement cameras.
Paul Henry & Associates was launched to fill the need for liberty lobbying that has existed in Florida’s Capital for many years. We’ve seen law after law passed that directly or indirectly impacts our freedom and liberty.
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