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  • Passports Required For Domestic Travel In 2016, But IRS Can Revoke Passports For Taxes

    11/28/2015 3:31:08 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2015 | By Robert W. Wood
    Think you only need a passport to board an international flight? In 2016, some fliers better have one to fly domestic, which means they had better be paying their taxes. It now looks as though your passport could be cancelled if you owe the IRS. The Real ID Act created a national standard for state-issued IDs. It hits air travel in 2016. Some states initially refused to comply, fearing that the feds would make a national database of citizens. Others cited high administrative costs and a 50% increase in fees for drivers. Most states are OK, but millions in Louisiana,...
  • New Yorkers might need their passports to fly in 2016

    09/23/2015 1:42:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 23, 2015 | 11:11am | Yaron Steinbuch
    State driver’s licenses are among those from four states that will no longer cut it for clearing airport security under tightened measures that will go into effect sometime in 2016. But travelers may not face any obstacles anytime soon. The DMV has asked for an extension from Homeland Security for the Real ID Act, which calls for the extra ID measures in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. “We have no reason to believe that any New Yorker will have a problem using their current state-issued ID card to get on a plane come January 2016,” the DMV said...
  • If You Live in These States You’ll Soon Need a Passport for Domestic Flights

    09/22/2015 2:16:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 87 replies
    thefederalistpapers.org ^ | september 20, 2015 | brittany soares
    If you don’t have a passport already, you may need to get one soon. Residents of certain states are going to need to show their passports — rather than simply their IDs — even if they’re only flying domestic. Yes, it will infringe upon states’ rights handed to them by the 10th Amendment and create unnecessary cost to taxpayers in order to implement the change, but let’s be real — the government doesn’t care about that. From Zero Hedge: To comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, which the U.S. government has been slowly implementing for the past decade, citizens in a...
  • States make fake IDs quick and easy

    09/24/2012 4:34:29 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/23/12 | Stephen Dinan
    Federal investigators were able to get fraudulent driver’s licenses in all three states where they tried, according to a report released Friday that shows continued problems with states’ ID programs more than 11 years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks highlighted the problem. States are particularly flummoxed by out-of-state documents, according to investigators from the Government Accountability Office who conducted the audit. The investigators used forged birth certificates purportedly issued by Ohio and New York, and successfully submitted them in three other states. “In most of these five attempts across the three states, we were issued permanent or temporary licenses...
  • States Launching 'Civil Disobedience' to National Health Care

    03/12/2010 9:55:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 56 replies · 1,573+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Lawmakers opposed to President Barack Obama's plan for national health care reform are hoping to spur a nationwide "civil disobedience" that can derail Obamacare. State Rep. Brian Calley, R-Portland; State Rep. Justin Amash, R-Kentwood; and State Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, have each introduced similar constitutional amendments that seek to trump the national health care bills. For example, Sen. Kuipers' bill would prohibit a federal law from compelling any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system. It also prevents anyone from being penalized for ignoring the federal law. "Where this is going, I don't know,"...
  • ...Markup of the Pass ID Bill by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee

    07/29/2009 9:54:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 462+ views
    DHS.gov - News Release ^ | July 29, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Statement by DHS Press Secretary Sara Kuban on Markup of the Pass ID Bill by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Release Date: July 29, 2009 For Immediate Release “On the same day that Secretary Napolitano highlighted the Department’s efforts to combat terrorism and keep our country safe during a speech in New York City, Congress took a major step forward on the PASS ID secure identification legislation. PASS ID is critical national security legislation that will break a long-standing stalemate with state governments that has prevented the implementation of a...
  • A REAL Problem for Obama

    06/02/2009 10:40:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 640+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 2, 2009 | Stephanie Hessler
    On his second day in office, President Obama issued an executive order to shutter the Guantanamo Bay detention camp within one year--without any plan for how to dispose of the 241 detainees held there. With the clock ticking, the president is discovering that closing Guantanamo is more easily said than done, especially now that his own party in Congress has deserted him. Recently, the Senate, including the Democratic leadership and nearly all of its members, refused to grant the president the $80 million he asked for to close the facility, voting 90 to 6 to strip the requested funds from...
  • Bill would amend the Real ID act, could impact border fence

    04/29/2009 5:32:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 733+ views
    Wouldn't allow DHS to single-handedly override federal laws A bill introduced in Congress would overturn the ability of the Department of Homeland Security to override as many as 35 federal laws to allow the agency to build fences and physical barriers along the United States-Mexico border. A similar bill was introduced in 2007 by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., who along with nine co-sponsors introduced the latest proposed legislation. The purpose of the Border Security and Responsibility Act of 2009 is to provide “the highest protection possible from the effects of unauthorized immigration, human and drug smuggling, and border enforcement...
  • Chinese Inmates at Guantánamo Pose a Dilemma

    04/01/2009 8:01:36 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 13 replies · 854+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2009 | WM GLABERSON and Ms. WILLIAMS
    The dilemma has taken on new urgency because the plan to close the prison depends on other countries’ accepting some of the remaining 241 detainees Diplomats say that with President Obama embarking on Tuesday on a European trip, the effort could falter unless this country signals it is willing to take some of the Guantánamo prisoners. At home, though, Mr. Obama faces the prospect of a storm of protest from some quarters if he admits detainees the Bush administration labeled terrorists and barred from this country. Already, word of the men’s possible release has brought denunciations and anxiety from military...
  • Uighurs, and Maybe Other Gitmo Jihadists, to be Released into the U.S.?

    03/20/2009 8:21:58 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 17 replies · 902+ views
    NRO Corner ^ | March 20, 2009 | Andy McCarthy
    Militants who have had terrorist training or are affiliated with terrorist organizations are supposed to be excluded from entering our country — even when we are not in a state of war against them — under U.S. statutory law. As NR's editors observed in October: In the 2005 REAL ID Act, Congress explicitly provided for the exclusion from the U.S. of any alien who has received terrorist training or has belonged to an organization that promotes terrorism — against anyone. The Uighurs are ineligible on both grounds: Even if one accepts, for argument’s sake, the contention that their dispute is...
  • Napolitano’s border security is a joke, She’s killing REAL ID

    02/20/2009 5:50:58 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 10 replies · 668+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | Feb 20, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    If you haven’t gotten it by now, here’s some grim news: Obama and his appointees are trying to destroy everything they don’t like about our America and that’s almost everything. On May 11, 2005, George Bush signed the REAL ID Act of 2005. It was supposed to control the flow of illegal aliens and terrorists pouring over our borders. Its main feature was tamper proof state driver’s licenses which could only be obtained by American citizens and legal aliens. Obama is trying to kill REAL ID. His new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is absolutely opposed to REAL ID. Only...
  • Virginia legislation would reject national identification program

    01/02/2009 8:37:18 PM PST · by Mikey · 32 replies · 702+ views
    Pilot Online ^ | January 2, 2009 | DENA POTTER
    RICHMOND Some legislators want Virginia to join the growing chorus of states that have defied the federal government by refusing to participate in a national identification program billed as a way to fight terrorism and identity theft. Two pieces of legislation for consideration when lawmakers return to Richmond on Jan. 14 call for Virginia to ignore the federal mandate to come into compliance with the Real ID Act by the beginning of next year. Similar bills went nowhere last year, but supporters say the looming deadline gives the issue new urgency. "Basically, this statute that I put in is one...
  • South Carolina Governor Will Not Comply with REAL ID Act

    03/31/2008 10:37:14 AM PDT · by conservativeinferno · 3 replies · 256+ views
    Columbia (WLTX) -- Governor Mark Sanford says South Carolina will not comply with the federally mandated Real ID. Sanford's Response This is a requirement that would make the state issue new driver's licenses that would meet federal security demands. Sanford shared an open letter to Michael Chertoff, asking the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary to give South Carolina the same treatment as other states, who are asking for a Real ID extension. Sanford says he's not opting for an extension, because South Carolina laws passed last year prohibit it. The letter also says that South Carolina drivers licence requirements already meet...
  • Security at what cost? National ID system is not worth the $23 billion price tag

    03/21/2008 5:14:17 PM PDT · by BGHater · 39 replies · 653+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 23 Feb 2008 | Bruce Schneier
    The argument was so obvious it hardly needed repeating: We would all be safer if we had a better ID card. A good, hard-to-forge national ID is a no-brainer (or so the argument goes), and it's ridiculous that a modern country such as the United States doesn't have one. One result of this line of thinking is the planned Real ID Act, which forces all states to conform to common and more stringent rules for issuing driver's licenses. But security is always a tradeoff; it must be balanced with the cost. We all do this intuitively. Few of us walk...
  • Religious minorities face Real ID crackdown

    02/08/2008 10:57:25 AM PST · by BGHater · 51 replies · 114+ views
    CNET News.com ^ | 06 Feb 2008 | Anne Broache
    Editor's note: A May deadline looms as just one flash point in a political showdown between Homeland Security and states that oppose Real ID demands. This is the third in a four-part series examining the confrontation. No television, no wedding or family photographs, and definitely no image of herself on her driver's license: That was the devout Christian life that Nebraska resident Frances Quaring was trying to lead. Which is why, after the state of Nebraska rejected her request for a license-without-a-photograph in the mid-1980s, Quaring sued the state in a landmark case that ended up at the U.S. Supreme...
  • Making 'Real ID' real (or don't deny illegals their right to drive)

    02/07/2008 8:29:01 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 23 replies · 92+ views
    baltimore sun ^ | February 7, 2008 | Robert Koulish
    Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to cooperate with the Bush administration on Real ID is a mistake. The decision turns clerks at Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration into immigration officers, forcing them to ask prospective drivers about their immigration status and then assess the validity of documents - a troublesome chore even for well-trained immigration officers. Moreover, Real ID will push illegal immigrants further into the shadows, where they will be deterred from reporting crimes to police or using emergency rooms. Because those who drive will not have a license or liability insurance, the risk for all drivers will likely increase. Although...
  • Real ID is postponed for 5 years

    01/12/2008 1:46:14 PM PST · by SeafoodGumbo · 33 replies · 243+ views
    LA Times ^ | 01-12-08 | Nicole Gaouette
    WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration hit the brakes Friday on a controversial law requiring Americans to carry tamper-proof driver's licenses, delaying its final implementation by five years, until 2017. A number of states have balked at the law, objecting to it largely over cost and privacy concerns. But under the administration's new edict, states that continue to fight compliance with the law face a penalty: Their residents will be forbidden from using driver's licenses to board airplanes or enter federal buildings as of May 11 of this year.
  • New ID Rules May Complicate Air Travel(REAL ID)

    01/12/2008 5:42:02 AM PST · by kellynla · 367 replies · 440+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | January 11, 2008 9:38 PM | staff
    Millions of air travelers may find going through airport security much more complicated this spring, as the Bush administration heads toward a showdown with state governments over post-Sept. 11 rules for new driver's licenses. By May, the dispute could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes, but privacy advocates called that a hollow threat by federal officials. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who was unveiling final details of the REAL ID Act's rules on Friday, said that if states want their licenses to remain valid for air travel after May 2008, those states must seek...
  • Homeland Security to Unveil New Driver's License Rules

    01/10/2008 7:41:25 PM PST · by AngieGal · 20 replies · 84+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/10/07 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Americans born after Dec. 1, 1964, will have to get more secure driver's licenses in the next six years under ambitious post-9/11 security rules to be unveiled Friday by federal officials. The Homeland Security Department has spent years crafting the final regulations for the REAL ID Act, a law designed to make it harder for terrorists, illegal immigrants and con artists to get government-issued identification. The effort once envisioned to take effect in 2008 has been pushed back in the hopes of winning over skeptical state officials.
  • Real ID ready for prime time (National ID Cards Mandated in the US)

    01/11/2008 1:32:19 PM PST · by Calpernia · 90 replies · 428+ views
    Washington Technology ^ | 01/11/08 -- 09:15 PM | Alice Lipowicz
    The Homeland Security Department today released the 284-page final rule for implementing the Real ID Act that would standardize the handling of personal information for driver’s licenses. The release of the long-awaited final implementation regulations — the law was passed in 2005 — is expected to spur contracting activity on the program after months of uncertainty as federal officials were crafting the rule. (snip) The final rule also requires a 2-Dimensional Bar Code Machine Readable Zone, which DHS said is already used by 46 jurisdictions. Under the Real ID Act of 2005, states must meet new rules for collecting, verifying,...
  • Chertoff on final Real ID rules: "Reconfiguring our society"

    01/11/2008 12:10:57 PM PST · by ECM · 69 replies · 228+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | January 11, 2008 - 12:43PM CT | Jon Stokes
    "There comes a point in time where all the discussion and analysis has to stop. We are now six years away from 9/11. Simply kicking this problem further down the road is a time-tested Washington way of smothering a proposal with process," said Chertoff. "The time has come to bite the bullet." Or, as Jack Bauer might say (while in the midst of breaking half a dozen laws in the name of stopping an impending attack), "We're running out of time!" Chertoff summarized the major features of the final rules as follows: People must provide documentation that proves who they...
  • 17 states stuck in license showdown

    01/11/2008 12:09:06 PM PST · by 300magnum · 20 replies · 212+ views
    Associated Press ^ | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON - Residents of at least 17 states are suddenly stuck in the middle of a brewing fight between the Bush administration and state governments over post-Sept. 11 security rules for driver's licenses — a dispute that in just a few months could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes or enter federal buildings. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday that if states want their licenses to remain valid for air travel after May 2008, those states must seek a waiver indicating they want more time to comply with the REAL ID Act's new...
  • Feds strike ID deal over NY licenses

    10/27/2007 10:16:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 97 replies · 1,248+ views
    Feds strike ID deal over NY licenses By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago The Bush administration and New York agreed Saturday on a compromise creating a more secure driver's license for U.S. citizens and allowing illegal immigrants to get a version. New York is the fourth state to reach such an agreement, after Arizona, Vermont and Washington. The issue is pressing for border states, where new and tighter rules are soon to go into effect for crossings. The deal comes about one month after New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced a plan whereby illegal immigrants with a...

    09/22/2007 6:01:01 AM PDT · by kellynla · 51 replies · 3,193+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | September 22, 2007 | KENNETH LOVETT
    September 22, 2007 -- ALBANY - Gov. Spitzer announced yesterday that illegal immigrants will get driver's licenses - but at a cost to legal citizens because they'll now be useless as airport ID. Spitzer said the state would no longer require a Social Security number or proof that a person is not eligible for such a number in order to qualify for a driver's license. That change clashes with the 2005 REAL ID law passed by Congress that states require, among other things, a Social Security number in order to get a license. States have until December 2009 to be...
  • Illegals to Get Driver's Licenses in New York(The insanity continues!)

    09/22/2007 5:36:32 AM PDT · by kellynla · 74 replies · 1,676+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | September 21, 2007 | staff
    New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is preparing to announce a new policy that will enable illegal aliens to obtain a driver's license. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles no longer will require applicants to provide Social Security numbers or proof they're eligible for Social Security cards, the New York Post and New York Sun reported. Under the new rules, valid foreign passports, previous state driver's licenses and other verifiable proofs of ID will be considered on a point-based system, according to a source who spoke to the Post. "The DMV does not believe it's in the business checking a person's...
  • Is REAL ID Ready for America?

    09/17/2007 7:45:58 AM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 24 replies · 86+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 17 Sep 2007 | Micah Hanks
    In an Executive Order titled Establishing the President's Board on Safeguarding American's Civil Liberties released on August 27, 2004, the following statement regarding government obligation to ensure privacy to Americans is made: "The United States Government has a solemn obligation, and shall continue fully, to protect the legal rights of all Americans, including freedoms, civil liberties, and information privacy guaranteed by Federal law, in the effective performance of national security and homeland security functions." The above statement was used by Jim Harper, Director of Information Studies with the Libertarian Cato Institute, at a hearing presented before the Senate Committee on...
  • Going to Yosemite? Get Your Passport Ready!

    08/18/2007 6:18:59 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 74 replies · 2,169+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 8/18/2007
    rev_media writes to tell us that CNN has a few updates to the Real ID act currently facing legislators. The Real ID acts mandates all states to begin issuing federal IDs to all citizens by 2008. Costs could be as much at $14 billion, but only 40 million are currently allocated. Several states have passed legislation expressly forbidding participation in the program, while others seem to be all for it. The IDs will be required for access to all federal areas including flights, state parks and federal buildings. People in states refusing to comply will need to show passports even...
  • National ID plan may have killed immigration bill

    06/29/2007 8:32:01 AM PDT · by gondramB · 121 replies · 2,336+ views
    CNET (News.com) ^ | Published: June 28, 2007, 12:18 PM PDT | Declan McCullagh
    The U.S. Senate definitively rejected President George Bush's immigration bill on Thursday, just hours after senators expressed deep misgivings with portions that would have expanded the use of a national ID card. Because the procedural vote was 46 to 53, with 60 votes needed to advance the immigration legislation, the proposal is likely to remain dead for the rest of the year. Privacy advocates were quick to claim that a vote against Real ID cards the previous evening doomed the bill. Wednesday's vote showed that senators were willing to delete the portion of the labyrinthine immigration bill that would require...
  • N.H. governor signs law banning Real ID, citing concerns about privacy, cost

    06/27/2007 7:39:52 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies · 637+ views
    CBS 4 DENVER ^ | 27 JUNE 2007 | AP
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire on Wednesday rejected the federal Real ID Act as tantamount to requiring a national ID card, joining five other states in opposing it. South Carolina, Montana, Washington, Oklahoma and Maine also have rejected the federal act. ``Here in New Hampshire, we pride ourselves on being frugal, and here in New Hampshire, we pride ourselves on respecting the privacy of our neighbors,'' Gov. John Lynch said at the bill signing. The law's supporters say it is needed to prevent terrorists and illegal immigrants from getting fake identification cards. Critics say it is too intrusive, too...
  • Delay in ‘Real ID’ undermines immigration bill

    06/19/2007 7:12:19 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 26 replies · 635+ views
    9/11 Families for America ^ | June 18, 2007 | Tim Sumner
    There is more proof of fraud within the proposed ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.’ Native born and naturalized employees will be required to show — as proof of legal status — their employers either a “United States passport or a driver’s license or identity card issued by a State, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or an outlying possession of the United States that satisfies the requirements of the ‘Real ID Act of 2005.’” (see Title III). Yet no state or territory requires a person to show proof of citizenship to obtain a driver’s license or identification card....
  • Shamnesty and the Real ID Act

    06/18/2007 5:50:02 PM PDT · by Heartland Mom · 30 replies · 723+ views
    Michellemalkin.com ^ | June 18, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Tim Sumner of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America points out another fraud perpetuated by the Bush-McCain-Kennedy immigration scheme: There is more proof of fraud within the proposed ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.’ Native born and naturalized employees will be required to show — as proof of legal status — their employers either a “United States passport or a driver’s license or identity card issued by a State, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or an outlying possession of the United States that satisfies the requirements of the ‘Real ID Act of 2005.’” Yet no state...
  • States rebel against Real ID Act

    06/12/2007 9:38:20 AM PDT · by George W. Bush · 38 replies · 1,337+ views
    Lawbean.com ^ | 6/11/2007 | staff
    Four states have passed laws that reject federal rules regarding a national identification system. This casts serious doubt on the future of the 2005 Real ID Act that goes into effect in December 2009. New Hampshire and Oklahoma joined Montana and Washington state in the passage of statutes that refute guidelines set forth in the Act. However, these actions could eventually lead to drivers licenses issued in these states to not be accepted as official identification when boarding airplanes or accessing federal buildings. In addition to these four states, members of the Idaho legislature intentionally left out money in...
  • States challenge nat'l driver's license

    02/04/2007 9:17:11 AM PST · by Brilliant · 36 replies · 990+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 02/04/07 | LESLIE MILLER
    A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states. The Maine Legislature on Jan. 26 overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases. Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID. They are expected soon to pass laws or adopt resolutions declining to participate in the federal identification network. "It's the whole...
  • Long waits looming for license renewals -DMV officials fear new federal ID rules will lengthen lines

    07/24/2006 7:57:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 46 replies · 1,317+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/24/6 | Lynda Gledhill
    Sacramento -- Starting in 2008, all 22 million licensed California drivers will be required to go in person to a DMV office and prove their identity and address with three different documents before getting a new, federally approved state license. The sheer size and scope of that task -- required by a federal law passed in the wake of Sept. 11 -- already has the state Department of Motor Vehicles worried about lines that would make current complaints about the agency's notoriously slow service seem trivial. The new identification cards will be required in order to fly on airplanes and...
  • Rove tells Latino leaders US facing critical moment

    07/11/2006 5:48:47 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 76 replies · 3,363+ views
    Reuters Newswire ^ | 07/10/2006 | Yahoo News
    ANGELES (Reuters) - Karl Rove, U.S. President George W. Bush's senior political advisor, on Tuesday took the administration's message on immigration reform to Latino leaders, saying the country was approaching a "critical moment" in the debate. >br> Speaking at the annual convention of leading Latino civic group the National Council of La Raza, Rove said Bush would work with Republicans and Democrats in coming weeks to push through reform legislation that has bitterly divided Congress, the Republican Party and the nation. "We face a critical moment in our immigration debate, a moment when our nation will make an important decision...
  • What Karl Rove Should Tell La Raza

    07/10/2006 5:42:12 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 742 replies · 8,343+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/10/06 | The Human Events View
    White House adviser Karl Rove is scheduled to speak tomorrow at the annual conference of the federally funded, left-wing, open-borders-advocacy group, the National Council of La Raza. If he does not want his speech to look like an act of appeasement, he should confront La Raza on its opposition to commonsense policies designed to secure both U.S. borders and U.S. pocketbooks. La Raza, which means “The Race” in Spanish, has denounced as “horrendous” and “appalling” the House immigration bill passed in December, which was sponsored by Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R.-Wis.) and supported by the overwhelming majority of House Republicans....
  • North American partnership pushes immigration reform

    06/10/2006 9:32:39 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 22 replies · 730+ views
    Ag Weekly ^ | Cathy Roemer
    Sweeping changes in America’s immigration policy may be directed by hidden hands. Although free trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA have softened America’s borders considerably, the latest Congressional immigration revamp comes about one year after the Council on Foreign Relations released a 59-page document titled, “Building a North American Community.” Founded in 1921, the CFR is an independent, membership organization “dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas … on world and foreign policy choices affecting the United States and other governments. In an overview of the 2005 CFR document, Illinois watchdog group Eagle Forum, reported a March 2005 meeting held in...
  • Border bill will mark citizens` licenses

    05/27/2006 12:12:18 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 550+ views
    United Press International (excerpt) ^ | May 27, 2006 | Shaun Waterman
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Buried in the huge border bill the U.S. Senate passed Thursday is a provision that would allow states to put citizenship details on new secure driver`s licenses. The pilot program, which would allow those getting new licenses the option to have the card confirm their citizenship as well as their identity, would make licenses an effective substitute for a U.S. passport at the nation`s borders and throughout the Caribbean. And critics say it would be an important step towards a national identity card system. The license provision is one of a series...
  • YOUR PAPERS, PLEASE …Is coming national ID 'mark of the beast'?

    05/05/2006 7:21:22 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 467 replies · 3,661+ views
    WND ^ | May 5 06 | Ron Strom
    Is the national ID card the next step toward the imposition of the biblical "mark of the beast" Christians believe will be required to buy and sell during the Last Days? That's the contention of a growing group of believers who are working to turn back the approval of the Real ID Act by Congress last year. Public Law 109-13 requires the national ID portion of the plan go into effect by May 2008. "There is a prophecy in the Bible that foretells a time when every person will be required to have a mark or a number, without which...
  • ‘Mark of the beast’ Seen In National ID

    04/24/2006 7:25:48 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 51 replies · 1,411+ views
    wvgazette.com ^ | 4/16/06 | Eric Eyre
    A group of Christian conservatives is urging Gov. Joe Manchin to reject a federally mandated digitized driver's license law, comparing the bar-coded national ID program to the "mark of the beast." Fourteen members of the group that opposes the federal Real ID Act of 2005 met with Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Joseph Cicchirillo, governor's office lawyer Joe Ward and Manchin legislative aide Jim Pitrolo for more than an hour on April 5. Pastor Ervin "Butch" Paugh, a 57-year-old Nicholas County preacher who heads the group, said last week that the new driver's licenses are unconstitutional, invade people's privacy and...
  • CA: Senate panel backs driver's license measure (for Illegals)

    04/19/2006 1:37:44 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 17 replies · 864+ views
    sandiegouniontribune ^ | April 19, 2006 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO – Sen. Gil Cedillo's maneuvering to broaden the appeal of his ongoing campaign to grant undocumented immigrants the legal right to drive may cost him traditional allies. The Senate Transportation Committee yesterday approved his bill on a 7-3 vote amid the backdrop of recent massive immigrant rights rallies and a planned boycott of stores and jobs May 1. The bill, SB 1160, is designed to give illegal immigrants the opportunity to apply for a clearly distinguishable document that could only be used as a certificate to drive – not for identification. The legislation also includes provisions that would bring...
  • Expel the Yale Taliban?

    03/14/2006 6:12:11 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 16 replies · 768+ views
    NRO ^ | 3/14/06 | Byron York
    Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn has sent a letter to Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff about the decision to allow Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the former Taliban spokesman, into the United States to become a student at Yale. Dear Secretary Chertoff: I write to you regarding Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the former Taliban spokesman currently attending Yale University on a student visa. In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act and expanded the terror-related grounds of inadmissibility. Under current law, an alien is inadmissible or removable on terror-related grounds if he is a representative of any designated or nondesignated terrorist organization. Further,...
  • Restricted license urged for illegal immigrants

    01/22/2006 9:31:24 PM PST · by Coleus · 53 replies · 875+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 01.22.06 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    A Hudson County lawmaker who sits on the Assembly Transportation Committee has drafted legislation that would enable illegal immigrants in New Jersey to obtain a restricted driver's license. Assemblyman Brian Stack, D-Union City, plans to submit a bill to the committee in the spring that calls for illegal immigrants who pass driving tests to obtain a document that allows them to drive, but that could not be used as official identification. "The bill would make them able to operate a vehicle," Stack said on Saturday. "These are people who need to get to jobs, people who are helping the economy."...
  • National Security is Greater Concern

    01/19/2006 5:25:13 AM PST · by MrBallroom · 244+ views
    The American Partisan ^ | January 18, 2006 | Timothy Rollins
    NATIONAL SECURITY IS GREATER CONCERN by Timothy Rollins, Editor and Publisher January 18, 2006 This article first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel January 9, 2006In the Jan. 2 Journal Sentinel, Darlene Mendez voiced her concerns regarding passage of state legislation - Senate Bill 234 and Assembly Bill 69 - as they pertain to tightening identification requirements for obtaining driver's licenses or state ID cards in Wisconsin ("Driver's license legislation harmful").Most people are aware that House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) was instrumental in getting passed into federal law the Real ID Act.The law mandates uniform standards nationwide...
  • Road to digital drivers' licenses chaotic (Real ID Act implementation growing pains)

    10/10/2005 6:43:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 604+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/10/05 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has embarked on a massive effort to create a secure digital driver's license system by early 2008 but some experts warn that the plan may be hugely expensive and lead to chaos. Congress passed the Real ID Act last May and gave states three years to implement it. It laid out minimum national standards for licenses, which will have to include a digital photo, anti-counterfeiting features and machine-readable technology. States will have to verify all documents presented to support license applications, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards and utility bills, with the issuing...
  • Report: State Rights, Authority Threatened - REAL ID Act Requirement by 2008

    08/16/2005 5:16:21 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 24 replies · 426+ views
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- States are continuing to see their authority stepped on by the federal government, something that not only curtails their independence in dealing with such matters as elections and education, but in the case of a new national ID card, could cost them financially, according to a new report.The REAL ID Act that passed in June as part of an $82 billion military spending bill requires states, by 2008, to verify whether license applicants are U.S. citizens or legal residents of the United States.
  • Where illegals go for driver's license

    07/25/2005 8:40:28 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 49 replies · 2,053+ views
    Scott Gardner of Mount Holly, N.C., was on vacation and heading to the coast with his family when his station wagon was struck by a truck driven by Ramiro Gallegos, an illegal alien charged three times previously with drunk driving. Gardner family's station wagon Gardner, the father of two young children, was killed. Gallegos of Mexico was charged with second-degree murder and driving while impaired. It is uncertain where Gallegos was going at the time, but it is not surprising that he was in North Carolina. The state's requirements to obtain a driver's license are weaker than those of many...
  • U.S. judge slams new deportation law (REAL ID Act)

    07/12/2005 9:01:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,357+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/12/05 | Michael Kunzelman - AP
    BOSTON (AP) - The chief judge of U.S. District Court in Boston lashed out at Congress on Tuesday for putting what he called a "chokehold" on all federal district courts, stripping them of the authority to rule on deportation cases. In a scathing ruling, Judge William G. Young said he had been prepared to halt the deportation of a Nigerian national who says the government promised he could stay in the United States after he was charged with drug smuggling in 1986. But Young said Congress took that decision out of his hands in May when it passed the REAL...
  • Illegal Aliens with Hazmat CDLs Arrested

    06/29/2005 7:01:30 PM PDT · by madfly · 44 replies · 944+ views
    Layover.com ^ | Jun. 27, 2005 | Fleet Owner
    Dept. of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement (ICE) officials reported arresting an illegal alien who was driving gasoline trucks for Exxon in Maryland, as well as six illegal aliens in Illinois who had also been issued state commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) with hazardous materials endorsements. The gasoline truck driver, a Pakistan national identified as Mansoor Hassan, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Baltimore on six counts of making false statements about his citizenship to work for different gas companies. (?date) In 1996, Hasaan had been ordered by an Immigration Judge to voluntarily leave the U.S....
  • Democrats are Rubberstamping the Bush Agenda (Delusions From the Green Party)

    05/29/2005 10:04:50 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 424+ views
    Greens condemn bipartisan support for the Real ID Act and Iraq occupation appropriations.WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders claimed that Democrats are supporting some of the most damaging and extreme agenda of the Republican Party, citing the unanimous Senate vote to institute a national identity card for all Americans."We're moving towards a one-party system, with Democrats rubberstamping most Republican legislation," said David Cobb, the Green Party's 2004 presidential candidate.Senate Democrats and Republicans, unanimously and virtually without debate, approved the 'Real ID Act.' This legislation mandates electronic ID cards for all Americans in accord with Homeland Security Department specifications.Greens called the...