WASHINGTON , Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the past two years DHS has shown ramped up commitment to helping states diminish fraud and increase security by enhancing driver license issuance across the board. Using the monies Congress has provided to date, alongside final regulation guidance and contracts with individual states to move secure ID issuance forward, a key 9/11 Commission recommendation is being fulfilled. However, the incoming Obama Administration may begin backpedaling on our security. In 2008 President-Elect Obama stated that he does not support REAL ID "because it is an unfunded mandate, and not enough work has been done with the states to help them implement the program."
To date, states have received a total of
With the disconnect between the significant progress of states in securing their ID issuance processes and the on-the-record concerns of the President-Elect, the Center for Immigration Studies has produced a two-part educational video series narrated by the Center's Director of National Security Policy, Janice Kephart . These videos are the first in a series on border policy.
-- Why We Need Secure Driver Licenses Part I: The 9/11 Story (http://www.cis.org/Videos/SecureDriversLicenses911Story) (Jan. 13, 2009) How the 9/11 hijackers acquired their 30 state-issued IDs, and why our states have a role to play in securing ID issuance.
-- Why We Need Secure Driver Licenses Part II: REAL ID Fact and Fiction (http://www.cis.org/Videos/SecureDriversLicensesFactandFiction) (Jan. 13, 2009) Discerning fact from fiction in the secure ID debate.
Blogs--States and Secure IDs
-- When a Terrorist Gets a School Bus Driver's License in Minnesota, and Uses It (http://www.cis.org/node/968) (Dec. 31, 2008)
-- NJ's Legal Presence Requirements Made a Difference in the Fort Dix Plot (http://cis.org/kephart/fortdix) (Dec. 30, 2008)
-- Secretary Chertoff's Stocking Stuffer: States Get Infusion of Secure ID Monies (http://cis.org/kephart/chertoffsstockingstuffer) (Dec. 19, 2008)
-- Ohio Driver's Licenses Hit by Four-Year ID Theft Scam (http://cis.org/kephart/OHDriversLicense) (Dec. 17, 2008)
-- What Illegal Immigration Has Got to Do with Driver Licenses: Maryland's Lament (http://cis.org/kephart/MDdriverslicenses) (Dec. 17, 2008)
-- An Example to Follow: New York State's Secure Document Measures (http://cis.org/kephart/NYSecureDocuments) (Dec. 15, 2008)
The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institute that examines the impact of immigration on the United States .
SOURCE Center for Immigration Studies
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