Archive for the ‘Maryland’ Category

They ate the bait.

Poor Maryland. DC has them on the short leash.

Assembly Closes the Door on Licenses

c/o Washington Post

The Maryland General Assembly last night passed a hard-fought compromise that would end the practice of issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, capping a 90-day session in which lawmakers were greatly constrained by the state’s financial challenges but passed numerous low-cost bills affecting residents’ daily lives.

With barely an hour remaining before its midnight adjournment, the House voted 76 to 60 for a bill that would reconcile different solutions by the House and Senate to the challenge Maryland faces in complying with the federal security law known as Real ID. The Senate, which initially passed a more conservative approach, quickly followed with a 29 to 16 vote in favor

RUMOUR HAS IT …Oklahoma is hard at work with partners Constitutional Alliance in stopping Real ID.  No recent bill activity is confirmed yet.  However you can check for details on  Axxiom’s (a.k.a. Kaye Beach) newest blog to track back Real ID for her state.  She covers a host of other issues and is one of Freeople.com’s hotshot bloggers.

AUSTIN  – LEGEerazzi are roundabout hounding 5-11 Campaign members for details on their bill.  A bill so secretive that very few committee members had the courage to appear for the final vote. Committee members may have lost their motivation due a requirement to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to cast final amendments votes to their bill draft.   Campaign leaders are being asked for details on the bill, but have explained to national talk show hosts that information is limited.   “Sorry, no comment – I signed an NDA, ” said Sheila Dean, the recently elected President of the 5-11 Campaign. 
If anyone is worried about that pesky Real ID Asylum clause in Texas, they should look into what Lawrence Rushton is doing.
Maryland’s Governor met with Team Obama about prioritzing Real ID in the space of a crapshoot economy where the odds of losing are greater the more we invest in unfunded mandates.    
It goes something to the tune of indicating citizenship on a license.  (AHEM- YOUR PAPERS, PLEASE?)  Citizens get painted by the same brush as “illegals”.  Press affiliates have their palms up, titling editorials like, “Real ID doesn’t have to be like Big Brother”.
Give an inch, take a mile.  This is not the identity requirement they want greenlit so close to Washington.
 c/o The Newspaper Tree

Lipan Apache border wall opponents are supported in their stance by many national and regional organizations, including the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, International Indian Treaty Council and Alianza Sin Fronteras.

The Lipan Apaches Women Defense group’s letter followed a similar appeal this month to Obama by elected officials from El Paso, Texas. Initial signatories of the El Paso letter included Texas state Senator Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso), El Paso city Councilman Steve Ortega and US Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-El Paso). Reyes is a former Border Patrol sector chief for the El Paso area.