The Right Side
WHY LEFTISTS OPPOSE THE REAL I.D. ACT
by William Dipini Jr.
American Reporter Correspondent
THE BRONX -- The loony leftists have been expending an inordinate amount of energy towards distorting facts about the Real ID Act. With a plethora of information afloat regarding how effortless it was for 9/11 hijackers to acquire driver licenses, and how illegal aliens have been abusing our system, one would think that the insipid leftist mantra would cease.
The Real ID Act (H.R. 418), sponsored by James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), passed the House 261-161 on February. It's currently in the Senate.
The Act establishes minimum standards that states must follow before issuing state driver licenses or any other types of identification; it affords judges the authority to determine the credibility of asylum seekers; it makes it easier to deport illegal immigrants; and it monitors terrorist activities.
The majority of Americans support the sane bill and it mirrors the suggestions put forth by the 9/11 Commission: "The federal government should set standards for the issuance of birth certificates and sources of identification, such as driver's licenses."
Why set minimum standards? Because all but one of the nefarious hijackers used driver licenses to board our nation's airplanes. And the lack of rational ID standards and the loopholes in the immigration system brought down the Twin Towers and killed over 3,000 Americans.
It seems like one can just walk into a grocery and purchase a drivers license.
For example, according to the noted Mark Krikorian, in New York, nearly 60 driver licenses were used under one Social Security number; an illegal alien used a drivers license to work at a nuclear power plant in Florida. And since 1999, Utah has issued over 93,000 driver's licenses and non-driver identification cards - I was shocked when I read this - to illegal immigrants without Social Security numbers.
Many of the individuals who cross the border everyday are terrorists and illegal alien thugs. According to the Pew Hispanic Center based in Washington, there are nearly 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., and the majority of them came in undocumented.
Six Iraqis, possible terrorists, were caught the other day trying to sneak in the United States from the Mexican border. Illegal aliens obtain licenses with bogus documents to abuse the welfare system, abuse our public schools, take our jobs, kill Americans, and taint the cultural fabric of American society with drugs and gang wars.
The Real ID Act would certainly put an end to this. But the loony leftists disagree.
From the ACLU, to the National Council of La Raza, to the Independent Institute in Oakland, to the City University of New York: radical leftists, and even some conservatives, are wailing that the Act would be an "Orwellian monitoring by Big Brother," "would only serve to restrict our freedoms and invade our privacy," "would prevent asylum seekers into the United States," "would give plenary power to the secretary of Homeland Security," "would ban illegal immigrants from obtaining driver licenses."
This is sheer lunacy.
That this Act would usher in an Orwellian society is the most ludicrous, illogical, gratuitous assertion I have ever heard - it makes me queasy at the stomach. Peruse the Act and you will see what I am talking about.
That the Act would infringe upon our rights and privacy is laughable. How?
The minimum standards accentuated in the Act to obtain a driver license are practically the same standards in place today. I mean, really, who are the
Radicals referring to when they say our freedoms and privacy are threatened?
Terrorists and illegal aliens.
Terrorists abuse the asylum system. There are here in the United States and many of you don't even know who they are. You and I have the right to know who is in our country. Plain and simple. Provisions in the Act only require that they prove with real documents that they are asylum seekers.
That the Act gives plenary power to the secretary of Homeland Security is erroneous. Section 102 clearly says that the secretary should have only the power "to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers and roads" to protect our border from illegal aliens entering the country; no court can intervene - without this provision the court would play the activist role and our borders would never be protected.
That some provisions in Section 202 of the Act would ban illegal immigrants from obtaining a driver's license is inane - albeit the bill should. As noted columnist Michelle Malkin pointed out, there are loopholes (202 (c)(2)(c)) that would prevent this from occurring. Thus, illegal aliens would still be able to obtain driver licenses - I hope lawmakers do something about this.
The hue and cry arising from loony leftists against the Real ID Act exemplifies their zealous support for terrorists, asylum seekers, and non-English speaking, illegal interlopers. leftist Deaniacs protect anti-Americans like Ward Churchill, and Charles Jaynes; they protect killers like Hamdi, Rasul, and Padilla.
Yet, the same radical Deaniacs were reluctant to save Terry Schiavo from starvation - she was neither a terrorist nor an illegal immigrant.
And now they are against you and me by opposing the sound Real ID Act. In the outlandish world of the loony Left, it is praxis to invoke ludicrous arguments against legislation deemed inimical to its thuggish anti-American followers. It's a leftist motif that is impossible to overlook.
I am on the right side on this issue.
William Dipini Jr. is a Government student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and can be reached at email@example.com.