"New Hampshire was the state where the “REAL ID rebellion”
got its start. There, in 2006, Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare) took to the
floor of the New Hampshire House to talk about his principled opposition
to the federal national ID law.
In stirring words, Kurk urged his colleagues
to overturn a committee recommendation that no action should be taken
on his bill to have New Hampshire reject REAL ID. The House went on to pass his bill and half the states in the nation soon followed suit.
Now a bill pending in the New Hampshire House responds to a more
insidious version of the federal government’s national ID plans:
E-Verify is a federal background check system that its proponents
intend to be used on every person seeking work in the United States.
Once in place, E-Verify would expand to new uses, giving the federal
government direct regulatory control of all Americans’ lives through
control of proof of identity. It’s being fitted to operate using only
databases, so I’ve been referring to it as a “cardless national ID.”
New Hampshire Rep. Seth Cohn (R-Merrimack 6) has introduced a bill to
prevent his state from contributing New Hampshirites’ personal data to
the E-Verify system. HB 1549
would not only prohibit the state from allowing citizens’ personal data
to be used in E-Verify. It would prohibit the state from requiring
employers to participate in the E-Verify system.
It’s an appropriate response to the Department of Homeland Security’s
latest move. You see, a branch of E-Verify is called the “RIDE”
program. That stands for “Records and Information from Department of
Motor Vehicles for E-Verify” (Yeah, it’s a stretch…) Basically, RIDE is the conduit
through which the states are going to start passing data to the federal
government, weaving together that national ID outside of the REAL ID
In their desire to bring illegal immigration under control, a lot of
people have convinced themselves over many years that growing the
federal government and conscripting businesses into “internal
enforcement” of immigration law was the way to go. Unfortunately, that
route costs a lot of money, it bloats the federal government, and it
requires a national ID system, which is a threat to liberty that
Americans reject. My paper, “Franz Kafka’s Solution to Illegal Immigration,” goes through many of the details.
Is this the beginning of the E-Verify rebellion? It’s a welcome
addition to the national debate from the “Live Free or Die” state." - Jim Harper, Feb. 6, 2012.