I don't understand your remarks. While I'm extremely concerned about immigration issues I'm even more concerned about police state issues and that's what a national I.D. card will open the door for. Petitioning our senators to vote against H.R. 418 is to prevent national I.D. card legislation from being enacted.
You stated that the Senate wouldn't pass H.R. 418. Why do you think that?
I like the liberty committe that you sighted before, but I find nothing that establishes a "national ID" in HR 418. It will make standards for states issuing driver's license. Read it over for yourself.
The senate (except Inhofe) has no interest in addressing illegal immigration. Frist was on the tube last night and said they would try to "get to it" in the next few years.
The bill is a start, covers only terrorism aspects except for the finishing of the San Diego fence, which ticks off the enviro's, which makes me like it! LOL!
HUMAN EVENTS: What are the key provisions of your REAL ID act?
SENSENBRENNER: There are four provisions. First, an applicant for a driver's license or renewal must prove lawful presence in the United States, otherwise the driver's license will be endorsed that they have not done so. The driver's licenses would have to indicate lawful presence to be used for federal purposes, such as getting on an airplane. Second, the bill tightens the asylum laws so that terrorists, like the one who plotted the '93 World Trade Center bombing and the man who shot up the entrance to the CIA headquarters, could not get into the country and roam around as an asylum applicant. Third, the bill completes the 3-and-half mile gap in the border fence south of San Diego that has been held up as a result of environmental lawsuits. And fourth, the bill changes the law that says that if an alien is not admissible into the United States because of affiliation with terrorist groups, that alien is deportable. The present law says if someone makes a mistake to let you in, we cannot kick you out in some circumstances.
HUMAN EVENTS: When these provisions were being discussed last year, some in the Senate said we should not interfere with the rights of states to deal with their driver's licenses. Why does your proposal not contradict the 10th Amendment, which says that powers not specifically delegated to the federal government should be reserved to the states or the people?
SENSENBRENNER: It does not do so because it does not tell the states who they can issue driver's licenses to and who they can't. What it does say is that when they issue a driver's license, in order for that driver's license to be used for federal ID purposes, the applicant must show lawful presence in the United States. This, in my opinion, is a very important provision if we are to avoid the pressure for a national ID card, which I oppose.
Read the entire interview: http://www.HumanEventsOnline.com/article.php?id=6504