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February 12, 2005

House Approves Immigration Bill

Topics: National News

Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said his bill stemmed from the 9-11 Commission's conclusions that "abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activities."

The Associated Press reports that the House of Representatives approved Congressman James Sensenbrenner's Real ID Act of 2005, H.R.418 by a 261-161 vote.

The legislation will force the states to make sure they're not granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens, allow the federal government to complete a controversial fence on the border with Mexico, regardless of environmental concerns, and grant judges broader power to deport political asylum seekers.

States will have three years to comply with the new federal standards dictating what features driver's licenses must have. They could still issue special driving permits to illegal aliens, but those permits would not be recognized as identities for boarding airlines or allowing entry to federal buildings.

According to the Associated Press, ten states now don't require license applicants to prove they are citizens or legal residents:  More at California Yankee...

One of the most surprising things about the voting results was that 42 Democrats also voted for the legislation and split from party lines to vote it through. 8 Republicans voted against the measure.

Digger's Realm has a list of the Republicans that want to give drivers licenses to illegal alians, as well as additional commentary.

The bill is H.R. 418

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