Those getting a Delaware driver’s license will soon face increased security measures.
That could make life difficult for some – particularly immigrants who are not in this country legally and don’t have the necessary documents.
The federal REAL ID Act of 2005, which came in response to the 9/11
Commission’s findings that 18 of the 19 hijackers had obtained driver’s licenses, requires states to revamp their licenses and licensing procedures to meet federal standards.
The law was condemned by many states as a costly unfunded mandate – it would cost them an estimated $4 billion to implement it – and 24 states have refused to comply or passed laws limiting their participation.
Delaware, which didn’t resist the federal Real ID mandate, is expected to be ready to meet the requirements of Real ID.
If you want to read about the serious civil rights, personal privacy, and governmental intrusion implications of RealID, visit the Electronic Privacy Information Center and read the paper prepared by a panel of nationally recognized experts who say that the program is (a) unconstitutional; (b) rife with the potential for government and law enforcement abuse; (c) hideously costly; and (d) won't make us one damn bit safer from terrorists.
And while most of the liberal segments of the Delaware blogosphere are busily trashing Senator Tom Carper over his views on health care reform, let's take a moment to recall that he has consistently been against this program, and voted against it from the start.