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Michigan Allows Temporary Immigrants to Get ID Cards

March 10, 2008

The criticisms about requiring legal status to be proved in order to get a driver’s license in Michigan (in order to keep illegal immigrants from getting them) should stop now.  See for some of those criticisms.

On February 15th, Governer Granholm signed into law a measure that allowed legal residents of Michigan that are only here temporarily to apply for a driver’s license.  On February 28th, Senate Bill 654 (“An act to provide for an official personal identification card; to provide for its form, issuance and use; to regulate the use and disclosure of information obtained from the card; to prescribe the powers and duties of the secretary of state; to prescribe fees; to prescribe certain penalties for violations; and to provide an appropriation for certain purposes”, sponsored by Senator Alan Sanborn (R-Richmond), passed, giving temporary residents the privilege of applying for state personal ID cards.

This was a good move – although I really don’t think most categories of temporary immigrants need the cards (like many that were listed in the comment that I linked to), there are definitely categories of immigrants that this will be VERY beneficial to.

I commend the Republicans and Democrats for passing this measure.  I didn’t find anything, but I’m assuming that Governor Granholm passed this bill since she signed the other one.
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Michigan’s Enhanced Driver’s License Program Passes Legislation

March 3, 2008

On Febraury 28th, the Michgian Legislature passed bills (Senate Bill 966, introduced by Cameron Brown [R-Sturgis] and House Bills 5535 and 5536 introduced by Steve Tobocman [D-Detroit] and Ed Clemente [DINO-Lincoln Park], repectively) that would put Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land’s Enhanced Driver’s License Program into practice.

Here’s what the program outlines:

  • Create the Enhanced Driver License and Enhanced Official State Personal Identification Card Act.
  • Require that enhanced licenses and personal ID cards include security measures to protect against unauthorized disclosure of personal information.
  • Require an applicant for an enhanced driver’s license or ID card to provide documentation demonstrating his or her U.S. citizenship, full legal name, Social Security number, and other information.
  • Require the Secretary of State to verify the genuineness, regularity and legality of every application and other documentation submitted for an enhanced license or ID card.
  • Provide that a person who made a false certification or statement in applying for an enhanced driver’s license or state ID card would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
  • Permit the Secretary of State to enter into a memorandum of understanding with any federal agency to obtain approval for an enhanced license or ID card as proof of identity when entering the U.S.

(Read more here:,1607,7-127–186510–,00.html)

Representative Tobocman said that he sponsored the bill because “Michigan depends on the flexibility of same day travel that enables people to visit and spend dollars at local restaurants, casinos and businesses in Mexicantown, Greektown, and other attractions.  The legislation acknowledges the need for secure borders while minimizing obstacles to our vital trade partnership with Canada.”

I absolutely agree – although I have a passport, many people don’t, and this allows for a cheaper way to travel to Canada.  I should also point out that passport waiting periods are up to a couple of months now, so this is a way for people to get a document for international continental travel much quicker than waiting for a passport (although I’m sure that the lines at the Secretary of State are abou 10 times worse than they are at the Post Office).  This ALSO gets rid of the waste of time of having to drive to Walgreen’s (the only place I found who does passport pictures) to get your picture taken for the passport.

As far as I know, Governor Granholm has not yet signed the bill, but that may have changed today – I’m not sure, but I’ll try to find some information (as always, if you find something, leave a comment and you become my hero for the day).

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Legal Status Must Now Be Proved to Get a License in Michigan

January 22, 2008

Today Michigan will take an important step in protecting us from terrorism and illegal immigrants.  Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land had a press conference on Monday at the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center in Detroit, where she said that the state would now be following Attorney General Mike Cox’s ban which disallows illegals from getting driver’s licenses.  She said, “If you are not here legally or permanently, then we will not issue a driver’s license.  From now on, we will not accept foreign birth certificates, just passports.  No matter who comes in, they will have to go through the proper process, and our anti-fraud department will go over documents, which is something we always have done.”

Of course, we have people who say that this will harm businesses and prevent some legal residents from getting driver’s licenses.  Dawud Walid, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said, “It’s a shame in this current environment that people who are legally (in Michigan from) throughout the world will not be able to obtain a driver’s license or state ID.”  I disagree – how hard is it to go get some paperwork to prove that you’re here legally?  And better safe than sorry in my opinion.

This is all part of Terri Lynn Land’s plan to get Michigan IDs up to the Real ID standard (see my post on that here:

I say this is a great step in getting rid of the illegal immigrants – hopefully we can catch some trying to slip through the cracks and get a license.  Send ’em back, not to Iraq!

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Real ID Plan: Analyzed, Scrutinized, Criticized, and Praised

January 12, 2008

OK, so on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its regulations for the Real ID plan.  States have until 2014 to reissue the new “tamper-proof” licenses to those born during or after 1964 and until 2017 for those born before that, a compromise to appease some states who complained that it would be too hard and costly to implement the plan.  Many states have argued that it’s unconstitutional and still too costly.

The new ID’s are required to have a digital photograph and a filament and/or some anti-counterfeiting security device.  The cards will not have a radio-controlled computer chip, which was one of the more disputed parts of the project.

Employers would have to check that the persons identification was Real ID compliant in order to help stop illegal immigrants from getting jobs.

Back in 2005, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1268 368-58 and the passed the bill 100-0.  President Bush signed it into law on May 11th, 2005.  Since none of the Democrats debated that part of the bill back in 2005, I don’t see what all the fuss is about from Congressmen and Senators now (i.e.: Patrick Leahy [D-VT] who said that it “is difficult to think this is anything but the first, big step toward a national identification card that so many Americans oppose” in a statement where he said that he would push for legislation to remove the driver’s license provisions from the bill).

Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said, “Most people accept that you need to identify yourself.  I see no argument in favor of making it easier to pony up fake identity.”  I have to agree here.  The system proposed now can’t hurt us, but there are some problems I have with the plan:

  • I hate the name.  My apologies to James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), the sponsor of the original Real ID Act, but the name stinks.
  • There needs to be enough funding for states.  Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) said that it is “unrealistic to expect our state to conform [when] the federal government has only provided a mere 3 percent of the funds needed for implementation.”  I agree.  If the federal government is going to mandate these new identification cards, it can help finance the move.  DHS is now estimating that the program will cost $3.9 billion to implement, which is down from the original $14 billion.
  • The threat against residents from states not complying not being able to fly.  If you aren’t requiring the states to have ALL of their ID’s changed over by May 11th, 2008, then don’t punish the states who haven’t started at all.  Wait until the final deadline comes in 2017 and THEN deny their residents the PRIVILEGE to fly without a Real ID-compatible ID card.  And remember, you can still use forms of federal government ID and passports, which WILL be Real ID-compatible.
  • Allow for people to choose if they want the radio chip.  Some people may want it.  Chips in passports make going through security quicker, so allow people to choose it if they want instead of  just scrapping this idea all together.

In all, I’m for this plan.  The states need to just go along with this – it’s in the best interest of the country, but the federal government needs to help out with the cost here.  If you’re making the states change, you can cough some up yourself.

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San Francisco ID’s – We Don’t Care What Gender You Are, or If You’re Legal!

November 23, 2007

In the latest step by the San Francisco Board of “Supervisors,” illegal immigrants will be allowed to get ID cards (but not drivers licenses – yet).  (For my views on this subject, check out this post).  And just a side point – if I were ever to get employed by the Secretary of State, or whatever it is in SF that will be issuing these pieces of bull crap, I’d copy down the names of these people and report them myself to ICE, at least for a day before I got fired.  Anyway…

The other thing that the Board approved here was to take “Gender” off the list of descriptions, at the request of the transgendered community/advocates.  I’m sorry – but you’re gender stays the same.  I don’t care if you have 500 surgeries, a boy is still a boy and a girl’s still a girl at the chromosomal level.  Second, this takes away another piece of identification.  There are lots of people out there that I can’t exactly tell what gender they are (just because of the way they look/dress), so this piece of info is helpful and even necessary at times.

I’m sorry, but San Francisco has stepped way over the line here.  Hopefully other cities/states won’t accept these ID’s as valid and SF will have to change their system.

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New York Wants to Give Illegal Immigrants Driver’s Licenses

October 29, 2007

And I thought that Durbin’s DREAM Act was stupid!  What the heck is this – we now want to give ID CARDS to ILLEGALS!  Do you realize that this will just shoot down any deterrent measures that we try to implement.  What next, let them vote?  And put the ballots in Spanish?  Actually, with some form of ID, I guarantee you that we’ll see a lot of illegals illegally voting, especially in Detroit, where the NAACP thinks that any black person should be able to vote, even if they’re dead in the records, if “they” show up to the polls, they’ve got the right to vote!

And what does this do for national security?  How are we supposed to keep track of people that we DON’T want here if we’re giving them ID cards?  Sure, we can track their ID card at first, but then the ACLU sues the government because “that’s an invasion of their privacy!”  It’s been barely 6 years since September 11th, and WE are the ones who are encouraging terrorists to just come on in and prep for their attacks.

It’s just stupid – ICE needs to start sending the illegals back to their home country.  If we don’t crack down now, we’ll go on a path of destruction!

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