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Jim Harper: Internal Enforcement, E-Verify, and the Road to a National ID

"Successful “internal enforcement” of immigration law requires having a national identity system. If expanded, “E-Verify,” the much-debated effort to control illegal immigration through access to employment, will become such a system, and it could easily be converted to controlling...

A Mandatory National ID Card For Everyone: The Price For Reform?

"Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person's legal eligibility to work. The idea, signaled only in vaguely worded language...

Gang of Eight: National ID Out, E-Verify In

"Senators working on a sweeping immigration bill will likely abandon the idea of a new high-tech ID card for workers because it’s too expensive, a key negotiator said. That means their emerging legislation, which they’ve promised will crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants...

Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

"The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system. Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan...

Idaho Joins E-Verify RIDE

"As of July 14, 2013, Idaho is the third state to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) program. Through the RIDE initiative, E-Verify is able to confirm information from drivers’ licenses and state identification cards through the participating states. Mississippi...