posted on Mar, 26 2005 @ 10:59 AM
Are your papers in order? They will be soon. As with many recent legislative initiatives, this act will imply that it intends to make americans safer
from terrorism by mandating a federal identification card. Rather than spending our money on border patrols or tighter security at airports, we are
going to make every day law abiding citizens carry a national id card to show that they aren't terrorists. Big Brother is not only watching you, he
will be marking you like cattle soon.
The REAL ID Act establishes a national ID card by mandating that states include certain minimum identification standards on driver's licenses. It
contains no limits on the government's power to impose additional standards. Indeed, it gives authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to
unilaterally add requirements as he sees fit.
Supporters claim it is not a national ID because it is voluntary. However, any state that opts out will automatically make non-persons out of its
citizens. The citizens of that state will be unable to have any dealings with the federal government because their ID will not be accepted. They will
not be able to fly or to take a train. In essence, in the eyes of the federal government they will cease to exist. It is absurd to call this
H.R. 418 does nothing to solve the growing threat to national security posed by people who are already in the U.S. illegally. Instead, H.R. 418 states
what we already know: that certain people here illegally are "deportable." But it does nothing to mandate deportation.
Although Congress funded an additional 2,000 border guards last year, the administration has announced that it will only ask for an additional 210
guards. Why are we not pursuing these avenues as a way of safeguarding our country? Why are we punishing Americans by taking away their freedoms
instead of making life more difficult for those who would enter our country illegally?