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 March 7, 2008  from an NPR report

“Montana is one of several states that have balked at a federal law requiring states to issue tamper-proof identification cards to residents. Gov. Brian Schweitzer discusses his state’s opposition.”

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National ID bashing with CATO policy brand Jim Harper



The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana takes Governor Mitch Daniels (R) to task for claiming that the burdensome identification requirements he’s implementing in the state are required by federal law.

Many states across the country have refused to participate in the REAL ID Act, preserving their citizens’ privacy and tax dollars. Not Governor Daniels, and in a recent press release he misstated federal identification requirements while acting as if he’s helpless to do anything about them.

Says the Journal Gazette: “[B]laming the federal government for non-existent requirements is disingenuous. If the governor wants Hoosiers to take extra steps to prove their identity, he should say so himself.”

Indy.com ARTICLE: INDIANA plans to overhaul how it handles driver’s licenses.

More moments in Real ID history:

Wisconsin Governor Defunds REAL ID

May 13, 2008

WisPolitics.com reports that Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (D) plans to take more than $20 million out of the state’s REAL ID account and transfer it into the state’s general fund.

Wisconsin Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R) objects:

When I shepherded the REAL ID bill through Congress 3 years ago, it was in response to one of the key recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, that ‘fraud in identification documents is no longer just a problem of theft.’ As we saw in 2001, in the hands of a terrorist, a valid ID accepted for travel in the US can be just as dangerous as a missile or bomb.

Congressman Sensenbrenner is correct to claim responsibility for REAL ID, but less accurate in other parts of his statement. The 9/11 Commission’s ‘key’ recommendation wasn’t key. (Indeed, Congress’ effort to follow the Commission’s recommendation was repealed by REAL ID.)

Nobody – not the 9/11 Commission, not Congressman Sensenbrenner, not Stewart Baker, nor anyone else – can explain the proximity between false ID and terrorist attacks, or how REAL ID cost-effectively secures the country against any threat.

Wisconsin’s governor has issued a mighty well-placed snub to the creator of theSensenbrenner tax.”

By Bob Barr of the Atlanta Constitution Journal

Bad ideas have a habit of hanging around our nation’s Capitol, where legislators and bureaucrats hope that they will ripen with the passage of time. Thus it has been with the REAL ID Act, passed by the Congress in 2005 with virtually no debate. From the start, the legislation posed major problems for the states, forced to implement its costly mandates; and for privacy experts, concerned with its many privacy invasive provisions. The Bush administration strongly favored the REAL ID program, but it never could get its act together sufficient to drive home the law’s implementation.

Even when the prior administration issued final implementing regulations in early 2008, the net effect was to throw gasoline on the anti-REAL ID forces already smoldering in dozens of state legislatures and governors’ mansions.

The total cost of the program, including for the states to completely revamp their drivers’ license systems, was estimated to run upwards of $23 billion. This fact alone caused several states formally to balk at moving forward in compliance with the law. (Georgia passed legislation in 2007 permitting the governor to delay implementation of the law until proper safeguards could be put in place).

Officials in other states eager to take advantage of the massive information database that would be created by this de facto national identification card system, claimed that states failing to come on board were harming the fight against terrorism. Proponents of the REAL ID rarely fail to remind their audiences that several of the 911 hijackers possessed state-issued drivers licenses procured through false information (as if having Uncle Sam enforce a single, national standard for drivers’ licenses would magically prevent such problems from ever recurring).

Amazingly, however, the grounds well of opposition in the states to REAL ID has carried the day. Earlier this summer, for example, former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, now head of the Department of Homeland Security (which is responsibility for implementing REAL ID), admitted in testimony before Congress, “REAL ID is D.O.A.”

While a bill to repeal REAL ID has just been introduced in the House by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a new danger is emerging in the Congress. This reflects another, long-revered act of legislative legerdemain – when legislation or a law is in trouble, resurrect it but by a different name. Thus, we now also have the PASS ID bill — essentially REAL ID-lite. In the words of one of the new bill’s key sponsors, Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich, the Congress will now “get it right the second time.”

The problem is, when Congress gets it wrong the first time; it rarely gets it right the second time. PASS ID, while smoothing some of the rough edges of its REAL ID cousin, and promising to lower the cost to the states, suffers from the same privacy invasive problems. It is also, in every sense of the word, a national identification card. Both, for example, would require cards for access to federal buildings and to obtain federal services; both systems would be based on a massive database of citizen information; and both would include imbedded biometric information (and possibly a radio-frequency identification chip).

Not content with relying on PASS ID to secure sufficient support where its predecessor failed, some in the Congress — most notably Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) — are using fear of illegal immigration as another vehicle by which to mandate a national, biometric-identification card that would be required before any person could secure employment.

Clearly, those relishing the creation of some form of national identification card and the national database on which it would rest, will themselves not rest until they have realized their dream. Those of us opposed to such a travesty, likewise must not let up.

A BTC Exclusive

Something is definitely amiss in the Anti-Real ID political community.
Amid chatter of neo-conservative infiltration in various Republican grassroots groups, 2 of the 5 original Governors in States opposed to the Real ID Act [Maine, Alaska, New Hampshire, South Carolina & Montana] seem to have been serially removed from effectiveness in public office. Anti-Real ID sources in Washington D.C. allege that State level leaders are being targeted, specifically Governors, for complicity in Real ID matters.  Governors, once celebrated for going against Real ID,  have been reeled in for larger offices in Washington.  They are now more formidable players in international political games and some have simply cut and run. 
Since the PASS Act was filed  June 15th, both Governor Mark Sanford[SC] and Governor Sarah Palin[AK] are facing pressures to resign from their posts.  
Governor Mark Sanford, whose detailed Argentinian exploits persist in headlines, had been a stalwart defender of South Carolina’s rights against Real ID.  Sanford has lost footing since attending the Bilderberg conference in 2008.  Bilderberg, a semi-annual gathering renown for it’s elite puppeteering of the politically ambitious,  sets the standards for New World Order policy.  Many of its members steer the United Nations.   The Council on Foreign Relations and the U.N. have prescribed international biometric identity in the European Union’s standard and for a North American Community.  Sanford’s concession on biometric identifiers in his “letter of defiance” to DHS over Real ID compliance left room for approbation from Bilderberg’s upper echelons.  
Governor Sarah Palin gathered political steam as she included wishes of Alaskans to go against Real ID.  This move is most similar to the concessions of Arizona Governor Napolitano, who is now DHS Secretary.   This added instant popularity with a base of small government Republicans. Palin, chosen as Republican Vice Presidential candidate, later created waves during the 2008 election when she disagreed with Senator McCain’s stance on “immigration”.  
“Immigration” became the mainstream media’s careful binding over the costly and humiliating requirements of State’s compliance with the Real ID Act.   Every U.S. Senator running on the 2008 Presidential bid had voted unanimously in favor of an appropriations bill for Tsunami relief and supplemental funding for U.S. troops in Iraq.  The Real ID Act, attached as a rider to the bill, became an embarrassing afterthought to any Senators voting record, due to a  floor debate which never took place. 
The 2008 election itself created a massive distraction over matters concerning Immigration policy. Republicans, Democrats, and corresponding media players obscured Real ID coverage. Third party presidential hopefuls, like Rep. Ron Paul(R-TX),  Rep. Cynthia McKinney (Gr-GA) and Rep. Bob Barr(L-GA), became heralds against the Real ID Act in their stump platforms carrying forward a marginalized national discourse. Governors, such as Mike Huckabee squarely seated, continued to facilitate discussions during the election cycle while dealing with practical demands for compliance.
State Governors are now gatekeepers for an international identity agenda. States opposition to Real ID manifested from a pragmatic place.  A combined consensus of over 25 states inaction towards a centralized data aggregate forced the federal government to reconsider the limits of their demands on identity from State governments. 
 
DHS has moved to repeal the more costly ventures of a centralized identity database in the PASS Act, which may be a slight relief to states.  A compromise was to keep some of the more controversial regulations intact:  RFID tags and the one-to-many uses of biometrics [DNA laminates, 3D facial prints] in ID.   State run and operated fusion centers could reasonably perform  database aggregation for local Intelligence ventures without systemic redundancy. However, some states are still ill equipped to manage, finance and operate a state networked fusion center.  Others States flatly refuse to cooperate with the new demands on identity.  

BIOMETRICS & DEADLINES IN LIGHT OF THE PASS ACT

At the end of 2009, States face a 2nd DHS extension deadline to comply with federal Real ID regulations. Since June 1, 2009,  DHS has been aggressively pushing biometric identifiers in State ID cards, commercial worker cards, and any form of travel ID cards to conform with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.  The use of biometrics in ID cards has been a historic sticking point with privacy and identity security advocates on both sides of the “immigration” debate.

Government technology vendors, like Digimarc and L-1 Biometrics subsidiaries, aggressively clamor to fulfill contracts on the basis of federal law in a stretched economy.  Some vendors have gone as far a threat of legal suit over States non-compliance to fulfill Real ID Act regulations.

Biometrics is one of the most heavily argued matters in State legislatures. Considering the whopping price tag of itemized Real ID regulations, biometric incorporation seem to be within reach with some federal grant funding available.  DHS continues to push for biometrics on the auspices of the Real ID Act and 9-11 Commission recommendations.  State governments have been torn between those who seek out the benefits of a secured drivers license and those who raise issues of privacy and the 4th Amendment.  

Gov. Mark Sanford has done so much for South Carolina. He managed to block the police-state Real ID program that the feds tried to force upon us. He has saved the taxpayers millions and millions of dollars. He has fought the jaded, vampiric, destructive, irresponsible majority in the Legislature. For these reasons and others, Gov. Sanford should remain in office to serve out the term that the people of South Carolina elected him to serve.

Also, whoever stole Mark Sanford’s personal emails and whoever publishes those emails are scum. I am assuming that there will be investigations into possible criminality in regard to the theft and publishing of these emails, as well as investigations into the political motivations behind these offensive actions. I would also encourage Gov. Sanford to take whatever legal action he so desires regarding these vile and reckless invasions of his privacy.

Mark Syverson
Columbia

By Spencer S. Hsu
THE WASHINGTON POST 
Sunday, June 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — Yielding to pressure from states that refused to pay for it, the Obama administration is moving to scale back a federal law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks that was designed to tighten security requirements for driver’s licenses, Homeland Security Department and congressional officials said.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants to repeal and replace the $4 billion domestic security initiative known as Real ID, which calls for placing more secure licenses in the hands of 245 million Americans by 2017. The proposal, called Pass ID, would be cheaper, less rigorous and partly funded by federal grants, according to draft legislation that could be introduced as soon as Monday.

The rebranding effort follows months of talks with the National Governors Association and poses political risks for Obama as well as Napolitano, a former association chairwoman who wants to soothe strained relations with the states without appearing to retreat on a recommendation by the 9/11 Commission.

Commissioners called for federal standards for driver’s licenses and birth certificates, noting, “For terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons.” Eighteen of 19 terrorist hijackers obtained state IDs, some of them fraudulently, easing their movements inside the country.

The Bush administration struggled to launch the 2005 law, delaying the program as states called it an unfunded mandate and privacy advocates warned it would create a de facto national ID.

Eleven states have refused to participate in Real ID.

In April, a judge blocked the Texas Department of Public Safety from continuing to enforce rules that were part of the state’s efforts to comply with Real ID, finding that DPS acted outside its scope of authority.

The Pass ID plan keeps elements of Real ID, such as requiring a digital photograph, signature and machine-readable features such as a bar code. States will still need to verify identities and legal status by checking federal immigration, Social Security and State Department databases.

But it eliminates demands for new databases that would allow all states to store and cross-check such information, and a requirement that motor vehicle departments verify birth certificates with originating agencies.

DHS would have nine months to write new regulations and states would have five years to reissue all licenses, with completion expected in 2016.

SB 60 conforms California law with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005.

Wherever your stance on immigration the breakdown of SB60 is the same. “Politics makes strange bedfellows,” someone wise once said. Such is the case ALIPAC is an anti-illegal immigration that believes that Real IDs do not solve “the immigration problem” .

Arnold is about to sign away the identity rights of Californians. We have to call a stop to it.

SB60 will put every Californian at risk for identity theft, enter them onto a biometrics grid, enters the state of California into an illegal business compact with Mexico (or Canada), and threatens to undermine National Security by adding public officials social security numbers and private information into an insecure database where it can be accessed by identity criminals.

There are plenty of reasons to support the opposition of SB60. One way is to hold Swarzenegger to a campaign promise.

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Today, and each day this week, we need all of our national volunteers to make one important call and send one e-mail. WE NEED ALIPACers IN ALL STATES TO RESPOND TO THIS NEED IN CALIFORNIA!

The myth that the Real ID Act was designed to stop illegal aliens from receiving licenses was destroyed, when TN started giving illegals Real ID compliant licenses two years ago, and again this year when defamed Governor Eliot Spitzer tried to give Real ID compliant licenses to illegals.

Refresher Video ALIPAC on CBS fighting Spitzer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7fhE_VclAY

We won in TN and NY state by stopping their plans to give illegals Real ID Compliant licenses. Some ALIPACers support Real ID and others do not, but we want to make sure that everyone knows Real ID is not designed to stop illegals from getting licenses. It is most likely that Real ID is your new continental ID.

The California legislature has passed SB 60 which will give illegals licenses. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk to be signed.

If the Governor signs this bill, California will become the first state in America to pass a law in 2008 establishing a benefit for illegal aliens. It will also become the first example reversing the trend of cutting licenses off from illegal aliens. In the last year, ALIPAC has helped to reverse state policies of giving licenses to illegals in Oregon, Michigan, and Maine.

The pro-amnesty crowd in California is responding to growing pressures on the license front!

We need you to call and e-mail Governor Schwarzenegger and remind him of his campaign promise NOT TO GIVE LICENSES TO ILLEGAL ALIENS!

Please use this contact information and review our sample message.

PLEASE CALL AND DELIVER YOUR MESSAGE BY PHONE AND THEN FOLLOW-UP WITH A WRITTEN LETTER, E-MAIL, or FAX for maximum impact. If you do not call, our chances of blocking this bill diminish greatly. Call and write!

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-558-3160
Email at:
http://gov.ca.gov/interact#contact

“Governor Schwarzenegger,

I am writing to ask you to veto SB 60 and to prevent illegal aliens from receiving any form of a driver license as you promised, when Californians elected you over Gray Davis. In fact, it was public anger against Gray Davis and licenses for illegal aliens that swept you into office! Over 80% of the American public does not want illegal aliens to receive ID, Licenses, or any taxpayer benefits from the state! That is why a historic number of states have passed laws cracking down on illegal immigration in 2008. Of the few remaining states that give licenses to illegal aliens, Oregon, Maine, Utah, and Michigan have all abandoned the process this year!

Please do not let California become the first and only state in 2008 to pass a law that defies the will of the vast majority of Americans by providing licenses or benefits for illegal aliens”

If you would like to post a copy of your message to the Governor or any feedback you receive, please do so at this link…
http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-762374.html#762374

Senate

California Legislature

Gilbert A. Cedillo

SENATOR, TWENTY SECOND DISTRICT

SB 60 – The California Real ID Act of 2007

Fact Sheet

What is the problem?

In 2005, Congress passed and President Bush signed the Federal Real ID Act of 2005. The Act requires that states retool their system of issuing driver’s license to ensure uniformity among all states and greater security regarding both the license itself and the identity of the person to whom it is issued. States must begin issuing Federal Real ID compliant licenses by May 2008.

California has a population of approximately 2 million undocumented immigrants who live and work in our state. In 1993, California stopped issuing driver’s licenses to drivers that could not prove legal residency. Persons who can not show proof of legal residency currently drive on our roadways without being tested, licensed, or insured.

What does SB 60 do?

SB 60 conforms California law with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005.

First, SB 60 enables California to meet the minimum document design and security requirements set forth in the Act in order for driver’s to have a federally recognized driver’s license. These new federal requirements ensure, among other things, that all states have the same information about the driver on the license, ensure that the license is manufactured in a secure facility, and that the document itself has security features designed to prevent counterfeiting.

Secondly, SB 60 conforms California law to the minimum issuance standards of the Federal Real ID Act by requiring all applicants for a California driver’s license to meet the minimum identity requirements for a federally recognized driver’s license. These requirements include presentation by an applicant, and verification by the DMV, of a picture ID; a document showing a date of birth; proof of a social security number or verification that the person is not eligible; proof of address; and evidence of lawful status. Lawful status includes 1) citizens; 2) lawful permanent residents; 3) conditional permanent residents; 4) persons with approved applications of asylum; 5) persons with a valid, unexpired nonimmigrant visa; 6) persons with pending applications for asylum; 7) persons with a pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the U.S.; 8) persons with an approved deferred action status; and 9) persons with pending applications for adjustment of status to that of an alien lawfully admitted. Applicants that have lawful status with documents 5) – 9) are eligible for temporary licenses that expire in 1 year but can be renewed upon verification, from the Department of Homeland Security, that the person’s status has been extended. The DMV must verify all documents and the only foreign document that can be accepted is an official passport.

Further, SB 60 conforms California law to the optional provisions of the Federal Real ID Act by providing a “driving only license,” that is not recognized by the federal government for identification purposes, and clearly states on its face that it cannot be used by any federal agency for federal identification or any other official purpose. This document must also have a unique design or color feature, as required by federal law. This “driving only license” is available to applicants that cannot meet the minimum identity requirements required for a federally recognized driver’s license. Holders of this “driving only license” cannot use their license as identification to enter federal facilities, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, entering nuclear power plants or any other purpose as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Who supports SB 60?

Senator Gil Cedillo (Sponsor)

Senator Ron Calderon

Senator Gloria Romero

Senator Sheila Kuehl

Senator Jenny Oropeza

Assm. Mervyn Dymally

Assm. Tony Mendoza

Assm. Nell Soto

Assm. Joe Coto

AFSME

Bienestar Human Services, Inc.

CA Alliance for Retired Americans

CA Catholic Conference

CA Nurses Association

California School Employees Assoc. (AFL-CIO)

Casa Nicaragua

Gilmore Associates

Gray Panthers

JERICHO

Jovenes, Inc. /Youth, Inc.

Lambda Letters Project

LAUSD

MALDEF

Mexican American Community Services Agency, Inc.

National Association of Social Workers

Nisei Farmers League (NFL)

North Valley Sponsoring Committee

PICO California

Salvadoran-American Leadership and Education Fund

South Bay Latino Chamber of Commerce

Unite Here Local 11

Ventura County Agricultural Association

Yolo County Sheriff’s Department

Office of the Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Personal Insurance Federation of California

Los Angeles Police Department

Consumer Attorneys of California

Latin American Agents Association

California Teachers Association

California ACORN

Mexican American Community Services Agency, Inc.