Ron Paul Warns 'E-Verify' Threatens Us All

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

In addition to funding for a border wall and other border security measures, immigration hardliners are sure to push to include mandatory E-Verify in any immigration legislation considered by Congress.

E-Verify is a (currently) voluntary program where businesses check job applicants’ Social Security numbers and other Information — potentially including “biometric” identifiers like fingerprints — against information stored in a federal database to determine if the job applicants are legally in the United States.

Imagine how much time would be diverted from serving consumers and growing the economy if every US business had to comply with E-Verify. Also, collecting the relevant information and operating the mandatory E-Verify system will prove costly to taxpayers.

Millions of Americans could be denied jobs because E-Verify mistakenly identifies them as illegal immigrants. These Americans would be forced to go through a costly and time-consuming process to force the government to correct its mistake. It is doubtful employers could afford to keep jobs open while potential hires went through this process.

A federal database with Social Security numbers and other identifying information is an identify thief’s dream. Given the federal government’s poor track record for protecting personal information, is there any doubt mandatory E-Verify would put millions of Americans at risk for identity theft?

Some supporters of E-Verify deny the program poses any threat to civil liberties, as it will only be used to verify citizenship or legal residency. They even claim a system forcing individuals to have their identities certified by the government is not a national ID system. These individuals are ignoring the history of government programs sold as only affecting a particular group or being used for a limited purpose being expanded beyond initial targets. For example, Americans were promised that only the wealthiest Americans would ever pay income taxes. And some of the PATRIOT Act’s worst provisions that we were told would only be used against terrorists are routinely used to investigate drug crimes.

E-Verify almost certainly will be used for purposes unrelated to immigration. One potential use of E-Verify is to limit the job prospects of anyone whose lifestyle displeases the government. This could include those accused of failing to pay their fair share in taxes, those who homeschool or do not vaccinate their children, or those who own firearms.

Unscrupulous government officials could use E-Verify against those who practice antiwar, anti-tax, anti-surveillance, and anti-Federal Reserve activism. Those who consider this unlikely should remember the long history of the IRS targeting the political enemies of those in power and the use of anti-terrorism laws to harass antiwar activists. They should also consider the current moves to outlaw certain types of “politically incorrect” speech, such as disputing the alleged “consensus” regarding climate change.

Claiming that mandatory E-Verify is necessary to stop illegal immigration does not make it constitutional. Furthermore, having to ask the federal government for permission before obtaining a job is a characteristic of authoritarian societies, not free ones. History shows that mandatory E-Verify’s use will expand beyond immigration enforcement and could be used as a tool of political repression. All those who value liberty should oppose mandatory E-Verify.


joep3joep3 Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:18 Permalink

If the e-Verify makes a mistake, then just show them your social security number. Run the check and sue e-Verify. The rest that are undocumented, DEPORT.

NoDebt MusicIsYou Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:32 Permalink

Yep, there was heated debate about SSNs back in the 1930s when the whole fucking thing was set up in the first place.  They SWORE SSNs wouldn't become "national identifications numbers" but, obviously, they did just that.

This will be the same.  Rand will be ignored (as was his father before him) and it will take place regardless of our wishes or objections.


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ExcapedPOI IH8OBAMA Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:39 Permalink

Yes, illegal immigration is a problem.  Just tell me why it is a problem.  We've never had a wall around the use.  Heck, we never even had hyper-militarized border patrol polizei. We didn't have illegal immigration then.  We have it now, because when you give out free food, drink, money, health care, jobs, etc. everyone comes and gets it.  WE DON'T NEED IMMIGRATION REFORM!  WE NEED TO STOP GIVING OUT FREE EVERYTHING!!!!!  SHUT IT WITH THE WALLS AND THE PSYCHO-EAST GERMANY/CHINA STUFF, AND GET A BRAIN!

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Endgame Napoleon IH8OBAMA Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:26 Permalink

Unlike millions of underemployed US citizens, Senator Paul obviously has not been through the array of mouse-on-a-treadmill tests, checks and forms, necessary to acquire every six-week temp job at $10.40 per hour.

Many in his state have. At $18,093k, Kentucky’s per-capita income says it all, and hordes of welfare-aided illegal aliens help to keep individual income at rock bottom in his state.…

Many citizens — nationwide — have done this temp-job hoop jumping time after time, after time, after time, after time, after time, after time, getting these jobs, working hard and having NOTHING to show for it.

eVerify is just too much to put illegal aliens through.......??????

Most of the citizens, going through all of that hoop jumping for every puny temp job that will not cover rent that absorbs more than half of their earned-only income, already sacrifice privacy and dignity, over and over. 

Citizens have already ceded constitutional freedoms, just to work temporary, part-time, high-turnover and 1099-gig jobs with low wages and inadequate hours that will never rise.

Wages and hours will never really rise, when so many illegal aliens with US-born kids are incentivized by government to stay below the earned-income limit for monthly welfare that covers their rent and groceries and the cut off for child tax credits that used to top out at $6,444 until Swampers doubled the amount in their recent tax cut / tax-welfare plan. 

That move, in and of itself, revealed the direction of the Swamp water. When the Swamp doubled child-tax-credit welfare—even for illegal aliens—many of us could see that Swampians serve only 1) their campaign donors and 2) the cheap, welfare-buttressed, noncitizen labor of their campaign donors. 

If Swampers were soooooo concerned with civil liberties, why did they not bring it up all these years, when US citizens were asked to submit to every kind of scrutiny imaginable to get every 6-week, two-bit call center stint? It is only when their precious, welfare-fueled, cheap illegal alien labor is on the line that they give a ****.

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mobius8curve Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

Paul is right! This is E-Verify is one more step toward the big banks conditioning the world to operate in a global electronic crypto currency that requires an iPhone that will hold your balance sheet of credits and debits that is already being used to buy and sell with. You will soon be conditioned to willingly surrender your biometrics through a national ID:

Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, that there be given them a mark on their right hand, or upon their forehead; (17) and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name.

Once everyone surrenders their biometrics, the demand for your iPhone to hold those biometrics as the gate pass to enter the world wide WEB of maritime law will be the next step. Once your biometrics are surrendered to a global network your constitutional rights will be surrendered as this 6 minute video begins to reveal:

Judas Iscariot proved being chosen by Jesus does not “save” those who chose to do business with corruption:

In reply to by mobius8curve Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:17 Permalink

Mobius.  How do you expect anyone to challenge your post?  I smell a fish.  Somethings rotten in Denmark.  The fix is in.  You're busted.  Cheating.  For using The Lord.  For your own, personal advantage.  Dude, sometimes you gotta give an atheist a break. 

(note: I up voted you for your amazing organizational skills.  Keep up the good work buddy. We appreciate it.)

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swamp NoDebt Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:43 Permalink

This is so illegals can collect welfare


Social Security Number Usage

Section 7 of the Privacy Act (found at 5 U.S.C. § 552a note (Disclosure of Social Security Number)) provides that:

“It shall be unlawful for any Federal, State or local government agency to deny to any individual any right, benefit, or privilege provided by law because of such individual’s refusal to disclose his social security account number.”  Sec. 7(a)(1)

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Oldwood HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:17 Permalink

So, someone explain to me how you have citizenship, how you have borders, without personal identification.

As is employers are challenged to even ask about legal citizenship for fear of some discrimination suite. We are told it is illegal to hire and in practice shown it is illegal to ask.

I think it is long too late to be concerned about ID numbers and believe employers desperately need some sort of e-verify.

My fear is that is so typical of government, they will make this the law, and then at some future date come back and claim the employer has hired someone illegally (even though they were approved) and face stiff fines. This is what we now deal with in the IRS where no advise coming from them is considered legally defensible. Like it or not, this is the tyranny we live under...arbitrary enforcement of law dependent upon corruption and/or ineptitude.

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