Sunday, April 06, 2008
Real ID a real mess
Here is the Register's editorial on the latest developments in the Real-ID fiasco. The federal requirement that all state driver's licenses meet certain federal standards, a back-door road to a mandatory national ID is meeting resistance, but the Department of Homeland Security is blundering ahead anyway. It has been forced to issue waivers that pretend to acknowledge that various states are making progress toward meeting the (unfunded) mandates, which the National Conference of State Legislatures at some $11 billion. The law was a kineejerk raction to 9/11, but it won't stop determined terrorists and it won't stop illegal immigration either. Congress really should repeal the foolish thing.