Members of congress today overwhelmingly approved a military funding bill containing an amendment that mandates the 50 states actually ensure that when they issue a Drivers License the recipient actually is a legal resident of the country. Across the land individuals, states and groups have decried this act for a variety of reasons a vast majority of which are fluff and red herrings.
As a citizen of this country I am incensed at the negative spin surfacing about this act. It is the right thing to create legal requirement that States ensure they issue licenses to legal residents. Wasn’t it always the understanding of legal residents here that States would not issue these critical documents to just anyone?
The fact that states are calling this an unfunded mandate is nonsense. The Federal Government is holding States accountable to perform reasonable due diligence before issuing a license. They aren’t asking states to do anything more than validate that they issue these nationally recognized documents only to individuals that in fact can be accounted for as legal. I consider myself a reasonable person and I expect that this sort of approach be taken in any case. The fact that the States are whining now just points up the fact that until now they just shortcut and issued licenses to anyone who could fog a mirror.
Groups like Amnesty International reknowned for being more concerned about the rights of criminals and terrorists than the rights of the US Government to protect legal residents wellbeing, has now taken to disparaging the act for it’s possible consequences on asylum seekers. The group says; “The Real I.D. Act allows a judge to deny asylum for lack of consistency in any statements, oral or written, sworn or not, made at any time.” Ok so where is the problem? Some foriegn national comes to the US and tells conflicting stories as to why they are here seeking asylum and that should be not be considered by a Judge hearing the Asylum appeal? I would consider this critical to be considered in the course of a decision to grant or deny asylum. Amnesty International is once again spouting total fluff.
I for one applaud the Congress for putting action ahead of rhetoric and taking a proactive approach to Homeland Security.