Bush Scandals List

130. Real ID Act

Real ID Act of 2005 mandates essentially a national identity card by forcing states to have nationally compatible driver’s licenses. The program has multiple goals: facilitate surveillance and data mining and make it harder for illegal aliens to get jobs and for the poor to vote. On January 11, 2008, DHS head Michael Chertoff announced a deadline of May 2008 for states to seek a waiver for more time to comply or driver licenses from those states would not be accepted as evidence of identity for the purposes of air travel. The ACLU (for privacy reasons) and 17 states (for cost) have objected to the program.

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