Repeal the Real ID Act Resolution

by the Constitution Party National Committee – April 2007 – Boise, Idaho

Whereas, The national ID card called for in the Real ID Act of 2005 is repressive, invasive, and unconstitutionally violating the fourth amendment right of the people to be secure; and
Whereas, The dangerous implications of this federal mandate include privacy concerns, expense compliance costs for states and federal meddling in states’ rights; and,
Whereas, “Real ID” has been unadvisedly promoted as a deterrent to terrorism and illegal immigration, but would not resolve either of those problems as evidenced by the fact that several of the September 11th hijackers used legitimate driver’s licenses; and
Whereas, If “Real ID” is placed in force, illegal aliens would potentially have a national database from which to buy and sell illegal identification; and
Whereas, The “Real ID” requires a digital photo and possibly a fingerprint on each license, thereby turning “Real ID” into a gold mine for identity thieves; and
Whereas, This $11 billion endeavor could limit law-abiding citizens the uncompromised freedom to travel, open a bank account, secure employment or purchase a firearm; and
Whereas, States already straining under the weight of federal bureaucratic compliance costs would be further burdened by additional expense; and
Whereas, States will experience difficulty paying for massive computer systems to hook up to a federal database and complying by the December 2009 deadline; and
Whereas, Missouri State Rep. James Guest (R) has formed a coalition of lawmakers from 34 states to file bills that oppose the “Real ID”; and
Whereas, Public outcry against the scheme has resulted in a dozen states following Maine in a revolt against “Real ID”, including Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; and
Whereas, U.S. Citizens in such states could be denied access to federal buildings, bank accounts or boarding commercial airplanes; and
Whereas, American citizens should not be required to carry identification papers or be data based by the federal government; therefore be it
Resolved, That the Constitution Party strongly urges freedom-loving Americans to demand that Congress repeal the “Real ID” Act.