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BTC – Which terrorist criminal alien did the bureaucrats catch this time? Not exactly. Vanessa Driskell’s name can be added to the lengthening list of individuals caught in the grist of the Real ID mill. She’s a citizen, but who she really is isn’t enough.
Who does Real ID catch? The young, the old and the Constitutionally infirm. No terrorists yet.

c/o South Oregon Mail Tribune

When foreign terrorists with American driver’s licenses flew airliners into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress moved to tighten the requirements for obtaining official state identification.

The resulting REAL ID Act has yet to take full effect — at least half the states, including Oregon, have refused to comply with all or parts of it — but many states now require proof of citizenship or legal residence before a driver’s license can be issued.

The requirement is not unreasonable, as long as allowances are made for people who are citizens but for some reason cannot produce a birth certificate. These include older Americans born in remote areas where births were recorded haphazardly or not at all, and in some cases people born overseas to American parents.

Vanessa Driskell of Medford is an example of the second case, and her frustrating four-year battle to prove her citizenship shows the federal government needs a better way to respond to situations like hers.

The 20-year-old was born at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines while her father was stationed there. A series of circumstances beyond the family’s control, including a volcanic eruption and the base’s evacuation, meant her birth never was properly recorded.

Now, she cannot obtain a driver’s license or a passport.

What is most frustrating for Driskell is that no one in the federal bureaucracy seems able or willing to help her. :::MORE HERE:::


Salem – An Oregon bill that will prohibit the state from taking further action to implement Real ID cleared its final hurdle yesterday when Governor Ted Kulongoski permitted it to become law without his signature.  SB 536, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Rick Metsger (D-Mt. Hood), had passed the Senate unanimously on April 15th and passed the House on May 29th by a vote of 39-6. 

“This is a tremendous, hard-won victory for Oregonians,” said ACLU of Oregon Legislative Director Andrea Meyer.  

Meyer pointed out that Real ID would require DMV offices to optically scan and store electronic copies of original identification documents of every person with a license or ID card.  Among the types of documents stored would be birth certificates, Social Security cards and U.S. Passports.  Real ID also requires that those electronic records be made available to motor vehicles offices around the country in a 50-state shared database.  

“Such a massive database would be a gold mine for identity thieves,” Meyer said. “The Real ID database would unnecessarily compromise the privacy and security of Oregonians, and all Americans.  Congress needs to revisit the requirements of Real ID and either scrap it altogether or make significant reforms.” 

The new law prevents Oregon from taking those steps unless there are significant improvements made by the federal government to protect privacy and to provide federal funding to the states for implementation.

Since its enactment, Real ID has faced significant pushback in the states. To date, 24 states have passed legislation denouncing the federal initiative. During her January confirmation hearing, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called for a review of Real ID, saying the states were not consulted enough in its creation and that the initiative is a fiscal burden on the states. Before heading up DHS, Napolitano was Governor of Arizona, where she signed legislation prohibiting her state from complying with the requirements of Real ID.

With the enactment of SB 536, Oregon becomes the 14th state to pass legislation prohibiting the implementation of Real ID.  Those states are: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington. Ten additional states have passed resolutions in opposition to Real ID.