Why is Homeland Security chief seeking to repeal Real ID Act is this change we can believe in?

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A post-9/11 law that sets federal standards for state driver's licenses and identification cards is under fire from the head of the agency enforcing that law, the Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this week said she is working with governors to repeal the Real ID Act, which was passed in 2005 and went into effect last year.

The bill is popular in Washington, but is scorned by many governors who bear the responsibility and cost of validating that holders of driver's licenses are citizens or legal residents of the United States.

Napolitano, former governor of Arizona, said she has met with governors of both parties recently "to look at a way to repeal Real ID." She said she wants to substitute the federal law with "something else that pivots off of the driver's license but accomplishes some of the same goals. And we hope to be able to announce something on that fairly soon."

Napolitano made her remarks Tuesday in response to a question at a conference of the Anti-Defamation League.

On Wednesday, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, a sponsor of the law, said he was "angered" by Napolitano's comments.

"Real ID is a necessary program for keeping America safe. It is the will of Congress and also a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission," Sensenbrenner said."When the Democrats took over the majority in the 110th Congress, they said they wanted to implement all of the 9/11 Commission recommendations. I am highly disappointed that they are going back on their word by repealing this important recommendation, and substituting it with a weaker, less safe program that provides terrorists with too many avenues to attack."

While Napolitano is looking for ways to repeal Real ID, her department's Web site continues to espouse the law's merits.

"Raising the standards of state-issued identification is an important step toward enhancing national security," the Web site says.

"Because a driver's license serves so many purposes [access to federal buildings, nuclear power plants, boarding aircraft, etc.], terrorists actively seek fraudulent state-issued identification. The Real ID rules will make it more difficult for them, while making it easier for law enforcement to detect falsified documents," it says.

The law, which requires all states to enforce specific identification requirements for driver's licenses and identification cards, went into effect last year, but the federal government has given states until the end of this year to implement it. States can get extensions until May 2011 for implementation if they meet certain benchmarks.


7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Because the department of homeland security chief, janet napolitano wants to make America as unsafe as possible. She along with BO see these invading illegal alien border criminal messicons as future DUMBacratic voters. Power is all napolitano and BO care about. Not security. It's the conservatives that napolitano and BO want to label as terrorist because we oppose them politically. With giant corporations like yahoo agreeing with this agenda and conducting surveillance on conservatives for the government, this country is in huge trouble.

  • 1 decade ago

    Janet has proven more than once that she's an idiot and doesn't even understand the job of "homeland security" much less how to do it. Kind of makes me wonder what her resume looks like and what qualified her.

    She didn't even understand how the 911 terrorists got into America or the many facets that went into the plan that was carried out.

    Yet despite this broo ha ha....it seems that the E-verify system that has been 99.9% accurate for hiring purposes and identification has been put on a back burner for support by the democrats and liberals. Because they want illegals as a new voter base

  • 1 decade ago

    During the first 100 days of his administration, President Obama has:

    Scaled back worksite enforcement;

    Questioned the utility of REAL ID as a security measure;

    Questioned the use of 287(g) state-federal cooperative enforcement;

    Backed off completing the border fence as originally planned;

    Opposed making E-Verify permanent and mandatory;

    Opposed requiring the use of E-Verify as part of the Stimulus spending bill;

    Adopted a "wait and see" attitude despite requests by several governors for support to secure our borders.

    That's right, the opposition is already boasting of a $48 million campaign—financed by George Soros and the Ford Foundation—to promote what they call "comprehensive immigration reform" meaning amnesty for the more than 12 million illegal aliens who broke the law when they illegally crossed our borders.

    Source(s): Real Americans
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The article answered your question:

    "The bill is popular in Washington, but is scorned by many governors who bear the responsibility and cost of validating that holders of driver's licenses are citizens or legal residents of the United States."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ask all the 50 states who keep asking for extensions to push back Real ID.

  • lemke
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    attempting to suck as much as Patriots is she sturdy enable her. we can nevertheless despise her. Janet #a million American S l u t. Jane Fonda i assume you nevertheless carry identify for #a million Whore Janet ought to on no account even supply it away. Janet could ought to pay to get laid.

  • 1 decade ago

    we got the id already

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