With the Senate apparently within days or hours of passing the so-called Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill, one opponent of that bill has offered an amendment to that legislation that would prevent it from becoming another tool of totalitarianism.
On June 20, Senator Rand Paul (shown, R-Ky.) announced on his website that he would introduce the Protect Our Privacy Act as an amendment to S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
According to Paul, his measure would prohibit the issuance of a national ID card. The constitutionally consistent freshman senator believes that his proposed amendment would push back against the assault on liberty being perpetrated by the Obama administration.
"A National ID card violates our right to privacy by helping to consolidate data and facilitate the government in the tracking of individuals. President Ronald Reagan opposed this idea, as did President Bill Clinton. They believed, as I do, that American citizens should not be forced to carry around a National Identification Card as a condition of citizenship, because the card offends any reasonable basic concept of freedom. While identifying and documenting immigrants is necessary for proper reform, implementing a mandatory identification registry for all citizens is not," Paul said.
Senator Paul’s statement provides the following points relating to the protections proposed by his amendment.
The Protect Our Privacy Act does the following:
• Prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from interpreting the immigration reform bill to permit a national identification card or system;
• Prohibits the Federal or State government from requiring photographs or biometric information without probable cause;
• Prevents the provision in the bill titled "Photo Tool" from allowing the government to force all citizens to provide a photo;
• Prohibits a "biometric social security card" for citizens; and,
• Forbids a "de facto national registry of citizens."
In an op-ed published by Politico, Senator Paul explained his impending “no” vote on the immigration overhaul:
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