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Will GOP cave on DACA lead to biometric National ID cards

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Will GOP cave on DACA lead to biometric National ID cards

As expected, the GOP caved to Chuck Schumer’s demand for a DACA fix in exchange for his support of the fourth budget band-aid in the past twelve months—making it possible to reopen the government that never closed.

Of course, Trump and the Trumplicans are claiming victory for bringing down the curtain on their one-act comedy, aka the Government Shutdown. Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer is claiming victory, telling the media that he and Mitch McConnell have “come to an arrangement” for creating a “real pathway” to getting an immigration bill through the Senate.

Having been sent back to the House for a quick vote and then signed by the president, Continuing Resolution #4 under the Trump administration provides financing for the federal government until February 8. If Schumer doesn’t have his DACA fix by then, McConnell will “immediately proceed to the consideration of legislation dealing with DACA.”

According to Trump—who wants a DACA fix almost as bad as Schumer does—a deal will be made “if and only if it’s good for the country.” Most likely, that means amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for illegals wrapped inside a bill that ends “chain migration,” the diversity lottery program, and provides taxpayer funds to build the border wall that Trump said Mexico will pay for. .

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Well, as Master Yoda might say, “Not so fast, my young Padawan.”

In a bill that checks off many of Trump’s demands, Rep Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has introduced a 400-page monstrosity called the Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 (H.R.4760). Encompassing everything from education and the workforce to Homeland Security and the military, the so-called immigration bill contains a tiny little detail about biometric identification that should give pause Constitution-loving Americans—a National ID card that would be required for everyone.

According to former Congressman and current Chairman of Campaign for Liberty, Ron Paul, H.R.4760 gives DACA recipients a 3-year renewable legal status while establishing a mandatory national identification system that would require every American to carry this new card which cable capable of carrying biometric data such as fingerprints and retina scans.

If implemented, this card could be used as a tracking device, and it would be required to hold a job, open a bank account, or get on a plane. Sounds like it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from being required in order to buy and sell, doesn’t it?

Paul gives these reasons as to why this would be detrimental to the freedom of every American:

  • Allows federal bureaucrats to include biometric identification information on the card, potentially even including fingerprints, retinal scans, or scans of veins on the back of hands, which could easily be used as a tracking device.
  • It would be required for all US workers, regardless of place of birth, making it illegal for anyone to hold a job in the US who doesn’t obtain an ID card.
  • Requires all employers to purchase an “ID scanner” to verify the ID cards with the federal government. Every time any citizen applies for a job, the government would know—and you can bet it’s only a matter of time until “ID scans” will be required to make routine purchases, as well.

National ID cards of this type have been proposed in the past as part of immigration reform without success. However, in the current political climate it could be successful this time around—especially when you consider how Trump and the GOP have established a reputation of disregarding our Constitutional rights, such as we witnessed recently by the renewal of FISA 702.

We need to ask ourselves: Is it possible that immigration could be used as the next step towards bringing an end to our Constitutional Republic?

One last thought. Paul’s Campaign for Liberty is launching a crusade against this legislation, and he’s started a petition where you can tell your representative to vote NO on H.R.4760. You can add your signature to the petition here.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Daniel Horowitz on illegal immigrant birth rates

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Daniel Horowitz on illegal immigrant birth rates

There’s more to the illegal immigration debate than just how to stop them from coming over. Once here, they’re figuring out how to stick around and grow as a future influence on the United States.

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz sent this out on Twitter:

This is more than a problem we’re facing now. It’s becoming generational.

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Harley Rouda claims he never said he’d expand MediCal to adult illegal immigrants. This is a lie.

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Harley Rouda claims he never said hed expand MediCal to adult illegal immigrants This is a lie

Orange County, California, has an interesting choice to make. One of the hottest Congressional races in the nation pits incumbent Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) against Democrat Harley Rouda. Orange County has been one of the only Republican strongholds in the liberal state, but a district that voted for Hillary Clinton may also switch to have a Democrat representing them on Capitol Hill.

The problem with Rouda is that his version of the truth doesn’t always match the actual truth. A glaring example of this is how he handled two questions regarding providing health care to adult illegal immigrants.

When vying for the Democratic nomination, he appealed to the leftist view that “Medicare for all” should be expanded to “for all residents of the United States” regardless if they’re citizens or here illegally.

Now that the primary is over and he’s on to the general election, he’s denying that he ever said that.

Harley Rouda Supported Medicaid for Illegal Immigrants but Now Denies It

https://freebeacon.com/politics/harley-rouda-supported-medicaid-illegal-immigrants-now-denies/“Rohrabacher has said that you want to give MediCal to undocumented immigrants and that this goes against what the district wants,” editors from the publication said. “How would you respond to this idea that you don’t know what the district wants?”

MediCal is California’s Medicaid program for low income individuals and families.

“I’ve never said that,” Rouda responded. “The fact is, you could argue the United States has already paid for universal health care in the least efficient way possible—in the emergency room instead of through preventive care. We need to have basic levels of medical services available to all. Addressing undocumented immigrants in our country shouldn’t be done by withholding life-saving medication or healthcare services.”

Will one of the last bastions for rational conservative ideologies in California fall for a man who says one thing to his Democrats but change his story when speaking to a broader audience? Orange County needs Dana Rohrabacher to keep his seat.

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Media panned the Protect Kids and Parents Act because it was introduced by Dave Brat and Ted Cruz

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Media panned the Protect Kids and Parents Act because it was introduced by Dave Brat and Ted Cruz

The narrative by Democrats and mainstream media is that Republicans in general and conservatives in particular want to do everything they can to stop people seeking asylum in the United States. They even get painted as wanting to break up families and keep children separated from their parents.

This is why H.R. 6195 and S. 3091 are so important. The bills, introduced by Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), would keep children and their parents together while waiting for a hearing about their asylum status. It would also act to expedite the process for all asylum seekers while putting those with children on a faster track.

That certainly doesn’t sound like the kind of bill Republicans would introduce if you’re listening to mainstream media’s narrative. It also breaks the stereotype assigned to Tea Party favorites like Representative Brat and Senator Cruz.

Known as the “Protect Kids and Parents Act,” it would increase the number of authorized immigration judges as well as Homeland Security employees to allow for faster processing of more asylum applicants.

My Take

Senator Ted Cruz introduced the Senate version that was instantly attacked by leftist media. It wasn’t because of substance that the bill was attacked. It was because of the bill’s originators. It’s important to note that the “who” is more important than the “what” when it comes to media coverage.

For example, President Trump’s tariffs on China are straight out of Senators Chuck Schumer’s and Bernie Sanders’ playbooks. Schumer went so far as to reluctantly praise the President over it, but mainstream media and leftist news outlets continuously run stories about the negative effects of the President’s tariffs. Had the identical action been taken by President Obama, the media’s reaction would be the opposite of what it is today.

When Dave Bratt and Ted Cruz try to keep asylum-seeking families together, their motives are instantly questioned by leftist media because it doesn’t fit the stereotype attached to them. If substance mattered to the media, they’d support the bill.

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