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For failing to protect our borders, we are now less free.

On May 11, President Bush signed the REAL ID Act into law, which for the first time in U.S. history establishes a national identification card and a corresponding central identification database. Attached to the War Supplemental Spending bill, the REAL ID Act was promoted in Congress as the solution to the serious problem of illegal aliens obtaining state driver's licenses.

With driver's licenses, illegal aliens not only can (and do) register to vote and gain access to jobs and welfare benefits, but also pose an increased security dilemma. Proponents of the measure argued that the answer to the problem was for the federal government to mandate national standards to the states for driver's licenses.

Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) parted ways with many conservatives in the House who supported the bill, pointing out that it is an assault on the Constitution and the principle of federalism. Rep. Paul noted: "Proponents of the REAL ID Act continue to make the preposterous claim that the bill does not establish a national ID card. This is dangerous and insulting nonsense. Let's get the facts straight: The REAL ID Act transforms state motor vehicle departments into agents of the federal government. Nationalizing standards for driver's licenses and birth certificates in a federal bill creates a national ID system, pure and simple. Having the name of your particular state on the ID is meaningless window dressing."

Paul continued: "Federally imposed standards for driver's licenses and birth certificates make a mockery of federalism and the 10th Amendment. While states technically are not forced to accept the federal standards, any refusal to comply would mean their residents could not get a job, receive Social Security, or travel by plane. So rather than imposing a direct mandate on the states, the federal government is blackmailing them into complying with federal dictates."
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Title Annotation:INSIDER REPORT
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 13, 2005
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