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Jun 22

Making REAL ID a Reality: Next Steps for Congress

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Co-Sponsored by the Coalition for a Secure Drivers License

Passed in 2005, the REAL ID Act set minimum standards for driver’s licenses and state issued identification documents that are used for “official purposes.” Based upon a recommendation of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (“The 9/11 Commission”) – after several of the 9/11 terrorists fraudulently obtained 33 driver’s licenses – REAL ID was to close those loopholes and make it harder for terrorists to carry out attacks undetected.

States have made significant progress in upgrading their identification processes. At least 32 states are close to REAL ID material compliance, while a total of 44 states and territories have indicated that they fully intend to meet REAL ID compliance. Despite this fact, however, the Administration has allowed the program to languish over the past two years.

In February of this year, Congressmen James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Lamar Smith (R-TX), and Peter King (R-NY) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano calling for the full implementation of REAL ID. Yet, in March, the Secretary chose to delay the compliance deadline until January 15, 2013, and has made several statements encouraging the Act’s repeal. Join us as Congressman Sensenbrenner and our panelists discuss the REAL ID Act, its security implications, and the need for full implementation.

More About the Speakers

The Honorable James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Member, United States House of Representatives

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Julie Myers Wood
President, ICS Consulting, LLC and Immigration and Customs Solutions, LLC; and former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Jack Martin
Special Projects Director, Federation for American Immigration Reform

Brian Zimmer
President, Coalition for A Secure Drivers License

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Jena Baker McNeill Jena Baker McNeill

Senior Policy Analyst, Homeland Security Read More