A bi-partisan effort to reform American immigration policy will turn the United States into a police state, claims former Texas congressman Ron Paul.
“Whenever the federal government decides to reform something we can be fairly sure that the problem is about to get worse, especially if they call the plan bi-partisan,” Paul wrote about the plan in his weekly op-ed column. “The bi-partisan immigration reform proposal launched last week in the US Senate will be no different.”
The Republican criticizes fellow party member, Arizona Senator John McCain, for his efforts in writing the bi-partisan plan with New York Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat.
“To secure the borders he is calling for a massive increase in drones flying over US territory, spying on US citizens along the border – and presumably within the 100 mile ‘border zone’ over which Department of Homeland Security claims jurisdiction,” Paul notes. “What if these drones detect suspicious activity unrelated to illegal immigration?
“The ‘privatized’ prison system in the US that now benefits from the war on drugs and illegal immigration will no doubt look forward to booming business thanks to the army of drones overhead,” Paul concludes.
Paul also lays criticism on the plan’s intention to introduce a nationwide E-Verify program, which would require employers to make sure the people they are hiring are legal citizens. Comparing it to something out of East Germany, Paul quotes Cato Institute privacy expert Jim Harper, who says tens of thousands of Americans could show up as false positives and become excluded from work.
Paul blames the illegal immigration problem on the federal government’s lack of a sound monetary policy and extending welfare benefits to illegals.