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Merritt has served three terms on the Border Committee and describes himself as a strong advocate on border security. “Recently the legislature has spent $100 million on border security and sent 200 more DPS officers to the border,” he said.
“I have supported the REAL I.D. program, which would make the Texas Drivers License a form of identification that would show the person’s immigration status,” said Rep. Merritt. “This bill has received a lot of push back. One reason is the cost of the program; it was originally estimated to cost $240 million but that cost is down now to $34 million for Texas. Other border states are not wanting to spend the money and they want the federal government to fund the program.”
Even now when a person goes to vote, a photo I.D. is not required and even if a drivers license is presented to vote, it does not yet confirm citizenship. “With the REAL I.D., and a required photo I.D. to vote, only citizens would be voting,” said Merritt.
While locals are taking more time to extract the truth from the lies, it is a duty to inform all who supported the anti-Real ID efforts in the past that Tommy Merritt intends to politically marry voter ID to Real ID so Voter ID has another lifetime next legislature. It’s a foolhardy prospect because even federal administrators of Real ID, namely DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, have no intentions of enforcing Real ID regulations due to 36 states nullifying the results. Civil liberty advocates are now more concerned about the fusion center intelligence hubs getting development monies from DHS appropriations bills.
Why should Texas pay a dime, much less $34 million, when there is no impetus or consequence to do anything from a federal mandate? Merritt, and others from TCCP’s cadres, insist that it’s a way to control immigration. Coyotes simply find other ways of defrauding the system using the black market for hacks. Texans continue to compete with black market labor. Real ID doesn’t stop employers from preferring under the table labor and is a hidden reason why the “immigration cause” contributed to its nullification.