Saturday, March 5, 2011

What's The Status of Real-ID?

The Republican Liberty Caucus gives this update:

Real ID Must Be Implemented By May 11

There isn’t much current information about REAL ID despite that a major implementation benchmark for the law is scheduled occur in just two months.

The REAL ID Act requires state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards to meet federal standards by a certain date in order to be accepted for federal purposes, according to the National Council of State Legislatures. The Department of Homeland Security sells REAL ID as a tool “to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud, and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents.”

States must now be in full-compliance by May 11, 2011. The penalties for residents in non-compliant states are pretty tame …, or not.

Those innocent, law-abiding citizens will not be able to use their driver’s license to board commercial aircraft, gain access to federal facilities or enter nuclear power plants.

Some Republicans Are Pushing for A National ID Card

Earlier this week House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) and Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano encouraging her to fully implement the REAL ID Act of 2005.

According to FOX News, REAL ID has won support from many anti-immigration advocates because it requires driver’s licenses issued to immigrants to expire at the same time as their stay in the U.S. and therefore invalidates licenses of immigrants who overstay.

According to former Congressman Bob Barr, a privacy advocate, “A person not possessing a Real ID Act-compliant identification card could not enter any federal building, or an office of his or her congressman or senator or the U.S. Capitol. This effectively denies that person their fundamental rights to assembly and to petition the government as guaranteed in the First Amendment.”

Yet REAL ID is still being implemented. And it’s being implemented despite that half of the states in the country have opted out of REAL ID or have passed resolutions objecting to the national ID law. The Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly extended the deadline and reduced the compliance bar to suggest progress on the national ID effort, according to the Cato Institute’s Jim Harper.

What Can Be Done to Stop REAL ID?

H.R. 1 is the budget bill Republicans are pushing in the House. If passed, it would would fund the government from March 4 through the September 30. Congressman David Price, a Democrat from North Carolina, proposed Amendment #277 to add the following language to the FY 2011 spending bill:

“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for the implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-13).”

This Amendment may be the last opportunity to hit the REAL ID Act before it is thrust onto the American people. While many states have opted out, don’t be so sure that the federal government won’t ignore state opt-outs. It’s much easier for them to implement a national ID card if every state is forced into the plan.

Please ask your members of Congress to support Amendment 277 to H.R. 1. Once implemented, REAL ID will be required by employers to hire you and will restrict your ability to travel in “the land of the free”. It’s imperative that you contact Congress today on this important issue.

(A special thanks to Jim Harper for providing the details on this Amendment.)


Anonymous said...

I don't favor a national id or the requirement we all carry "papers". But in reality we do all carry "papers" in the form of a drivers license. It makes good sense that these drivers licenses be real and not easily forged. At the very least lets tighten up the rules so that you cannot give the DMV phony information. When I go to the doctor/clinic I have to show my drivers license. When I fly I show my drivers license. when I got my first passport I showed my drivers license. When I'm asked by a merchant to show a picture ID with a credit card or check I show my drivers license. It already is our national id card.

Anonymous said...

It appears the outcry was heard.

Judy Aron said...

Anonymous #1 - Your driver's license is only legally meant to be used to declare that you are fit to operate a motor vehicle..that's all it is meant to be! The move to Read ID is the Federal government's backhanded way to control drivers licenses which are currently controlled by each state. US passports are valid ID why aren't those being used for proof of ID? If the federal government wants us all to have papers then why aren't they mandating that people have passports? I'll give you (and anyone else) time to answer.

Anonymous said...

Not true. Many states have very lax rules on getting drivers licenses. The intent of real id is to standardize these rules so that every state can trust a license from another state. Most people do not have passports and I certainly don't carry one with me unless I go overseas. But I do have a drivers license and it is the only picture Id I carry.

Judy Aron said...

Sorry no - the intent of Real-ID is to institute a national ID card that doesn't sound like it is as threatening as the "show me your papers" type of documentation.

We already HAVE a national ID document.. it is your passport!

Why do you think most people do not have a passport? Why don't you carry it around with you for ID? Maybe they don't want to carry papers around with them (even the passport card with the chip in it) like people were required to carry around in WW 2 Europe.

I repeat:
Your drivers license was never meant to be ID just as your social security number was never meant to be an Identification number to be used by any entity other than social security. A drivers license merely says that you are licensed to operate a motor vehicle.

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The Department of Homeland Security sells REAL ID as a tool “to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud, and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents.”

Judy Aron said...

To Coupons - Yeah - like criminals can't forge or steal valid papers... Homeland Security is more than happy to take more of your liberties away in the name of "security".. sure does make us all feel safer eh? It's just an illusion.
Related; Been groped by TSA lately?

Anonymous said...

It doesn't make any sense to "repeat Your drivers license was never meant to be ID" when we all know it is and all use it as an ID. You show it to cash a check and when you go to your doctor or a clinic for threatment. You show it when you rent a movie or a car. You show it when you buy booze but look like you are 18. You show it whenever you get on a domestic flight or buy a ticket on the train. It is our ID.

Judy Aron said...

Egads... just because a driver's license is inappropriately used as an ID card does not mean it should be used as a national ID card. Actually, I try to use other forms of appropriate ID when possible - like my passport.
It is precisely your thinking of "it's already being done, so that makes it ok" that pushes the continuing misuse of this document by our federal government.
Face it - a national ID card is unecessary and will NOT make us any safer or help capture terrorists. This move for Real ID is a ruse to gain control of a document that is, and should be, used by each state for purposes of validating driver proficiency.
What do you not get about that?