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National ID Trojan horse disguised as immigration reform.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a national ID bill on February 10 that the bill's sponsors claim is an important victory for immigration reform and secure borders. However, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, one of eight House Republicans who voted against the measure, says the legislation is a Trojan horse. "The bill does nothing to address immigration policy, ... nor does it propose deporting a single illegal alien already in our country," notes Rep. Paul. "It does nothing to address the porous border between the U.S. and Mexico, which is the fundamental problem. In reality, the bill is a Trojan horse. It pretends to offer desperately needed border control in order to con a credulous Congress into sacrificing more of our constitutionally protected liberty."

Congressman Paul warns that the legislation, known as The Real ID Act (H.R. 418), would enact another enormous shift of power from states to the federal government as well as greatly impact the personal freedoms of individual citizens. "Supporters claim the national ID scheme is voluntary," said Rep. Paul. "However, any state that opts out will automatically make non-persons out of its citizens. The citizens of that state will be unable to have any dealings with the federal government because their ID will not be accepted. They will not be able to fly or to take a train. In essence, in the eyes of the federal government they will cease to exist. It is absurd to call this voluntary, and the proponents of the national ID know that every state will have no choice but to comply. Federal legislation that nationalizes standards for drivers' licenses and birth certificates creates a national ID system pure and simple."

Rep. Paul also warns that the bill establishes a huge, centrally-coordinated database of highly personal information about American citizens. "The bill even provides for this sensitive information of American citizens to be shared with Canada and Mexico!" he notes. "Imagine a corrupt Mexican official selling thousands of identity files, including Social Security numbers, to criminals!"

The Real ID Act gives authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to expand required information on drivers' licenses, potentially including such biometric information as retina scans, finger prints, DNA information, and even Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) radio tracking technology. "Including such technology as RFID means the federal government, as well as the governments of Canada and Mexico, could know where American citizens are at all times," says Rep. Paul.
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Title Annotation:Insider Report; Real ID Act of 2005 (Draft)
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Mar 7, 2005
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