Less Than Two Days to Stop a National ID CardSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 10:00
The US Senate is trying to force states to adopt a National ID card: it's time to stop them. As part the debate on immigration legislation, the states will be forced to become REAL ID compliant.
States have strongly resisted this unfunded federal mandate â€“ one that the Department of Homeland Security expects to cost more that $23 billion or almost $100 per license holder. Seventeen states have said 'no' to REAL ID â€“ labeling it invasive, un-American, costly and an invitation to identity theft. They know it will force citizens to stand in long lines for licenses and endure numerous hassles looking for documents like birth certificates.
Now instead of listening to the states, the US Senate is trying to force them to comply through the back door. As part of immigration legislation being considered next week in the Senate, an employment verification system will be created that requires everyone to have a REAL ID in order to get a job.
There is still hope. There are two amendments that will remove REAL ID from the Senate immigration bill: take action now.