SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: A NEW FRONTIER IN GLOBAL IMMIGRATION DEBATE

September 18, 2007

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(Racist pic of “Mexifornia” drivers license, a favorite of the anti-immigrant set)

Politicians and technologists of all stripes and in most countries are mining the global immigration crisis for opportunities to advance their agendas. This report in today’s BBC about a controversial new immigration proposal made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy is a case in point. According to the report, “… the legislation would demand the relatives take a DNA test to prove their applications were genuine.”

Sarkozy’s proposals are neither new nor solely a European innovation. Earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, proposed taking DNA samples from undocumented federal detainees as a way to facilitate identifying and tracking potential terrorists. The ACLU and other critics of science and technology “solutions” view such proposals as a way of paving the path towards application of such technologies to the general populace. Shortly after 9-11, for example, Larry Ellison, head of software behemoth Oracle, offered to provide the government “free” (renewals and upgrades would cost billions) software for the creation of a national ID card. Some have even said that the National ID components of the recent immigration reform proposal are what actually killed it. REAL ID and other immigrant and technology proposals follow the same logic of using immigrants to advance political and business fortunes in the name of “combating terrorism”, “Homeland Security” and other now thoroughly normalized terms.

Time to fear what’s normal.

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