May 1, Into the Streets! Dems Propose Immigration National ID 'Believe System'

First Nations United Statement Against SB 1070
Chief Billy Redwing Tayac, Piscataway Nation
First Nations United an Indigenous organization, largely made up of members of the Red Lake/Ojibwe and Dakota nations, recognize that indigenous peoples from Latin America have every right to migrate up and down the continent as they please as they have done through trade and communication routes since time immemorial. The native peoples of the continent should be the ones establishing immigration laws and enforcing them. However, because we were disempowered through genocide and colonization, and because we have consistently treated "foreigners" in a more humane and hospitable way, we respect peoples' rights to migrate. If we did enforce such power, only tribal identifications from throughout the continent (including documentation identifying peoples from Latin American indigenous ancestry) would be recognized as legitimate, and we could racially profile people of Caucasian descent as the true and eternal foreigners.

don't fall for fascist 'bipartisan unity' electoral trap!
A national ID program, titled the Believe System, acronym for Biometric Enrollment, Locally stored Information and Electronic Verification of Employment, would require all workers across the nation to carry a card with a digital encryption key that would have to match work authorization databases. “The cardholder’s identity will be verified by matching the biometric identifier stored within the microprocessing chip on the card to the identifier provided by the cardholder that shall be read by the scanner used by the employer,” states the Democratic legislative proposal.
“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... every worker in America would have to be fingerprinted.” And 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.... The Social Security Administration has estimated that 3.6 million Americans would have to visit SSA field offices to correct mistakes in records or else risk losing their jobs.
Angela Kelley, vice president of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, said the biometric identification provision “will give some people pause.” But she applauded Democrats for not shying away from the toughest issues in the immigration reform debate. “What I like about the outline is that Democrats are not trying to hide the ball or soft-pedal the tough decisions,” Kelley said. “It seems a very sincere effort to get the conversation started. This is a serious effort to get Republicans to the table.”


U.S.’s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona
Arizona is the first state to demand that immigrants meet federal requirements to carry identity documents legitimizing their presence on American soil...
President Obama strongly criticized it at a naturalization ceremony for 24 active-duty service members...the Arizona law threatened “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”... an immigration debate could help energize Hispanic voters and provide political benefits to embattled Democrats seeking re-election in November .....

In March 2010 senators Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, unveiled the outlines of a reform proposal, which would require illegal immigrants to admit they broke the law before they could gain legal status and require all workers in the United States to carry a biometric identity card to prove that they are eligible to work. President Obama immediately responded with a statement saying it "should be the basis for moving forward" ...

Senator Says Legislation Could Be Taken Up As Soon As Later This Year, But Only If Crackdown On Illegal Immigration Is Given First Priority
Biometric-Based Employer Verification System Also Proposed As Key Element; Plan Needed To Manage Future Flow Of Legal Immigrants That Can Be Absorbed By Economy

Firm Stance on Illegal Immigrants Remains Policy
After early pledges by President Obama that he would moderate the Bush administration’s tough policy on immigration enforcement, his administration is pursuing an aggressive strategy for an illegal-immigration crackdown that relies significantly on programs started by his predecessor... That approach brings Mr. Obama around to the position that his Republican rival, Senator John McCain of Arizona, espoused during last year’s presidential campaign, a stance Mr. Obama rejected then as too hard on Latino and immigrant communities.... The Obama administration has received support for its immigration position from a leading Democrat, Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, who will be writing an immigration overhaul bill later this year....Mr. Schumer has called on Democrats to show that they are serious about immigration enforcement and is even asking them to stop using the term “undocumented” to refer to immigrants who are here illegally.... to “convince the American people there will not be new waves of illegal immigrants” after an overhaul passes...

Not Just Arizona:: Immigration Enforcement Out of Control on Federal Level
By Bill Quigley
While people protest the terrible Arizona state law that uses local law enforcement to target immigrants, the federal government is expanding its efforts to use local law enforcement in immigration enforcement and has launched a major PR campaign to defend it.