Through his DHS secretary, President Obama continues to make life in the United States more dangerous. Janet Napolitanto is doing everything she can to stop the enforcement of immigration law in the US. She has said that she will only concentrate on “criminal aliens” when enforcing federal immigration law. But wait if they came into the US illegally aren’t they ALL “criminal aliens?” She has also directed her department of homeland security to gag local law enforcement agencies around the country to protect
the privacy of illegal aliens.
Like the POTUS, Napolitano believes that protecting our borders is a racial issue (and a way of getting millions of new Democratic voters). This belies the truth, fighting illegal immigration is not a race issue, is a law and order and anti-terrorism issue. People forget about cases such as that of Jihadist Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, who was arrested the FBI after trying to blow up a building in downtown Dallas was in this country Illegally.
At a time when our southern border is becoming a war zone, and Illegals are trying to commit terror attacks protecting our boarders should be a priority. But not for our DHS Secretary, at every opportunity she places stumbling blocks in front of implementing existing law. Her latest affront to national security is to delay implementing a law that would verify documents used to ID people, such as birth certificates and drivers licenses, were legitimate.
This, in turn, will allow a handful of states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain official driver’s licenses to continue running afoul of the national identification measure (Real ID Act) which was enacted in 2005 at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to verify the authenticity of every driver’s license applicant.
The law forces states to require that documents, such as a birth certificate or passport, submitted to get the card are legitimate and that the applicant is in the United States legally. This will establish a much-needed standardized national driver’s license system that will be less prone to fraud and will prevent terrorists from abusing it as did several of the September 11 hijackers.
It also calls for a newly created federal database to link all licensing data that must be checked before states issue new cards. Residents of states that don’t comply with the Real ID Act will be greatly inconvenienced because their driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of identification at airports, federal buildings or when applying for any sort of federal benefits.
Currently four states—Hawaii, New Mexico, Washington and Utah—openly allow illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses and dozens of others have yet to meet the national ID law’s mandates of proving applicants are in the United States legally. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano claims it was necessary to extend the December 31 Real ID Act compliance deadline to avoid disruptions in travel during this holiday season.
Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, has worked vigorously behind the scenes to kill the Real ID Act, alleging along with a chorus of lawmakers that it violates civil liberties and privacy. With her guidance, a group of bipartisan lawmakers drafted a drastically weakened version of the measure (called Pass ID Act) to replace key provisions.
The Pass ID Act will eliminate the Real ID Act’s two crucial security features (identity verification and document authentication), will push the compliance deadline up to 2021 and allow states to receive additional extensions by filing a justification of noncompliance. The bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Hawaii Democrat Daniel Alaska and Ohio Republican George Voinovich.
A variety of states—including Maine, Georgia, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming—have promised to pass legislation ordering officials to ignore the Real ID Act. A few months ago California lawmakers announced they will implement a law (California Real ID) to give special driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants who won’t meet the security standards under the Real ID Act.