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    Draft legislation is circulating on the Hill to repeal the REAL ID Act. Passed in 2005, with bipartisan support, the REAL ID Act requires states to assure that any identity cards used for a federal purpose (like passing through a Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint before boarding a plane) be issued only to individuals who are lawfully present in the United States. The law also prompts states to adopt best practices to provide better information protection and combat identity theft, fraud, and trafficking in counterfeit IDs. State compliance with the law is voluntary. The federal government also modified implementation and provided financial and technical assistance to help implement the statute.

    Nevertheless, some governors opted out. Now trying to kill the law (which implemented one of the key recommendations of the 9/11 Commission). And they have help in Washington. As Senior Fellow James Carafano writes “[t]hese states have a key ally, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. As governor of Arizona, she vociferously opposed REAL ID.”

    To make matter worse, the law she wants to replace it with, a draft bill called PASS ID, “reads as an initiative designed to pave the way for granting a general amnesty to illegal immigrants. One reading of the PASS ID Act suggests it may establish a federal requirement, as part of ‘legalization,’ that states must issue drivers’ licenses to everyone here illegally.”

    As Carafano testified in 2007, “Congress should insist that the Administration fully implement the requirements for national standards in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and the REAL ID Act of 2005. These laws do not create a national identification card, but establish that when key identification materials, such as drivers, licenses (and the documents used to obtain them, such as birth certificates), are issued at any level of government and used for a federal purpose (such as security checks before boarding commercial passenger planes), these documents must meet national standards of authenticity. Such documents should only be issued to persons lawfully living in the United States.”

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    3 Responses to Is this for REAL?

    1. JP /NC says:

      If you want to live in a police state, then please bow down and accept your national ID card. A card that even Michael Chertoff recently said in a speech given at the Los Angeles University of Southern California National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, was not a foolproof plan to stop sophisticated terrorists and criminals. Chertoff said, “but while this has done something to deal with the issue of forgery and counterfeiting, it's certainly not a complete solution because time and again, I certainly have seen intelligence that tells me that sophisticated criminals and sophisticated terrorists spend a great deal of time learning to fabricate and forge even these improved cards. The net effect of this may be that it's going to be harder for people on campus here to get a drink when they're under 21, but unfortunately it's not going to be that much harder for the most sophisticated dangerous people to counterfeit an identity card.”

      That’s right, they know that sophisticated terrorists can and will obtain fake real IDs. They know the databases where your biometric data and your “breeder Documents” as they like to call your birth certificate, along with other personal information is not safe.

    2. BeatTheChip/TX says:

      The now repealing Real ID Act would have been enforced to by unelected or appointed U.S. officials at the head of federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security. Globalism is their gospel. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative policy and others like it cannot contend with over 25 states lack of consent towards this mismanagement of their personhood. The Real ID Act represents massive fiscal federal entitlements heaved onto states. For someone to airbrush this as failed compliance with the fantastically flawed 9-11 Commission is an insult to average intelligence. EPIC's damning report on the use of RFID and unprotected networking of databases from State DIAC and AAMVA to the peril of all who would have trusted it is all anyone would need to demand a repeal of this embarassment.

    3. Joseph, Texas says:

      The Heritage Foundation is supposed to be conservative. More bureaucracy is the antithesis of conservatism. Let's enforce the existing border control laws and existing antiterror laws (at the very least), before we waste more money and add to our debt on REAL ID. The American people do not need more dog tags.

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