Federal standards for State-issued ordinances

white houseObama’s concocting of a constitutional crisis over Eric Holder comes on the heels of another constitutional crisis that Obama began last week before his inauguration as POTUS. President Barack Obama once again exhibited the lawlessness that is the hallmark of his presidency.

Nearly a decade after Congress passed a crucial security measure to prevent a repeat of the September 11 terrorist attack, the Obama Administration finally plans to implement the law next year after much stalling.

Known as the Real ID Act, the national identification measure was enacted in 2005 at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to verify the authenticity of every driver’s license applicant. It 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.

The law set forth certain requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards to be accepted by the federal government for “official purposes”, as defined by the Secretary of Homeland Security. The Secretary of Homeland Security has currently defined “official purposes” as presenting state driver’s licenses and identification cards for boarding commercially operated airline flights, entering federal buildings, and nuclear power plants. So what about voting?

Title II of the act establishes new federal standards for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver identification cards. Changing visa limits for temporary workers, nurses, and Australian citizens. Funding some reports and pilot projects related to border security. Introducing rules covering “delivery bonds” (similar to bail bonds but for aliens who have been released pending hearings). Updating and tightening the laws on application for asylum and deportation of aliens for terrorist activity and waiving laws that interfere with construction of physical barriers at the borders.

Moreover, we are not certain that any legislation – including law making during the Reconstruction Era – that have been passed with such zeal and purpose. And maybe that’s the problem with it…who knows.  300px-Capitol_Building_Full_View

The Real ID Act started off as H.R. 418, which passed the House and went stagnant. Representative James Sensenbrenner (R) of Wisconsin, the author of the original Real ID Act, then attached it as a rider on a military spending bill, H.R. 1268, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005. The House of Representatives passed that spending bill with the Real ID rider 368–58 and the Senate passed the joint House-Senate conference report on that bill 100–0 President Bush signed it into law on May 11, 2005.


The Hart Senate Building

So basically in order to get the bill passed into law first, it had to be placed inside of a military spending bill that featured recipients none other than the very people it was adopted for – unless of course one subscribes to the notion that theft occurs whenever funds are given out.

Remember the looting and pilfering in downtown New Orleans Louisiana. Now any true thinking and accepting human being would naturally believe that funds were absconded by America’s illegal population.

On March 2, 2007, it was announced that enforcement of the Act would be postponed for two years. The provisions of the bill will be delayed from going into effect until December 2009. On January 11, 2008, it was announced that the deadline has been extended again, until 2011, in hopes of gaining more support from states. On the same date the Department of Homeland Security released the final rule regarding the implementation of the driver’s licenses provisions of the Real ID Act.

This brings us up to what are referred to as federally mandated standards for State Driver’s Licenses or ID cards. We will pick up there to see how the federal government begins to infiltrate the several states and therefore continues to walk in, on, and all over itself in the attempt to make it a better law.

In the interim every argument for Voting Identification stands to be slashed by the very fact that the federal government is now in the way – thus preventing a right to voting equality and of course, rigged elections.


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