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FOX Guest Suggests Use of Microchips to Locate "Guest Workers"

Reported by Marie Therese - May 16, 2006

This morning the FOX & Friends First trio interviewed Scott Silverman, Chairman and CEO of Applied Digital, a company that provides microchips to help people find Fido and Fluffy when they're lost. The company manufactures a variety of tiny location devices that are implanted under the skin. Currently such implants are widely used in the veterinary and medical fields. However, it now seems that Mr. Silverman wants to expand his business by microchipping immigrants who cross our borders.

Applied Digital's implants contain an ID number. Once scanned the number can be linked to a database and provide the name and address of a pet owner or access to the medical records of a critically ill patient. Some devices have been used to monitor people with Alzheimer's in an effort to keep them from wandering off. The company also manufactures a wide range of locator devices for military and industrial use. Additionally, some of the chips can be fitted with a GPS locator, although Silverman claimed that this application would not be used in the immigrant scanning chips.

SILVERMAN: "The chip itself has a unique, 16-digit identification number and through a serial port on the bottom of the scanner - through a serial port it attaches to a computer where a database would pull up, in the medical application, your medical records, but in the immigration application, the registration of a guest worker legitimately here in the United States that could be used at the border but could also be used for an enforcement purposes at the employer level."

BRIAN KILMEADE, host: "What if you don't want it in your body? Do you have a choice?"

SILVERMAN: 'Absolutely. It's an election at the part of the immigrant or an election on the part of the government when we ultimately define what that technology is that no one has defined yet."

KILMEADE: "Has the government bought this from you and said this is going to be the new immigration policy?"

SILVERMAN: "No. They have not. We have talked to many people in Washington about using it as an application for a guest worker program, but we cannot say, today, that they have actually bought it for immigration purposes."

Co-host Kiran Chetry was not happy about the idea of someone implanting a chip in her body, but fellow hosts Tiki Barber and Brian Kilmeade seemed fine with the idea. Silverman noted that he himself has one planted in his upper right arm.

Silverman closed his pitch by claiming that the chip "is a benefit to the person that's in the guest worker program because if you leave your card at home or you leave it at your work, you're not going to be able to go back and forth across the border."

Brian Kilmeade summed it up this way: "It's like permanently putting a string on your finger."


Yeah, right, Brian! A government-owned and operated string!

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