Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I urge you to oppose the REAL ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418), which is an uncalled-for assault on immigrants and would force states to deny driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in violation of their own policies. I believe our borders can be protected and our security ensured through proper responses to critical needs, not misguided proposals on a nationalized drivers licenses and new requirements for people fleeing persecution.
This proposed legislation would allow officials to require people seeking asylum to get supporting evidence from the very governments they are fleeing. For example, Christians fleeing persecution in the Sudan or Saudi Arabia could be required to get corroborating documents from repressive governments. This lacks common sense: those fleeing their home countries to seek asylum in American don't have the luxury to obtain what amounts to an explanatory note from their persecutors.
This bill would impose federal control over the issuance of state driver's licenses, even if this violation of their own policies. The use of state motor vehicle agencies as agents of the federal immigration service would also lead to an increase in unlicensed drivers, undermining public safety and increasing insurance rates for everyone. Motor vehicles employees lack training in federal immigration law, and are likely instead to rely on ethnic profiling based on notions of who "looks foreign."
This would expand the PATRIOT Act to allow deportations of lawful permanent residents for providing non-violent, humanitarian support to organizations later labeled as "terrorist" by the government, even where such support was completely legal at the time it was provided. The bill would retroactively make entirely legal donations, even donations made decades ago, a ground of deportation to green-card holders if the organization to which a donation was made is later added to a government terrorist list. This would lessen the flow of donations by lawful residents to projects such as tsunami relief and aid to Sudan since they would have no way of knowing whether the government might decide, at some future date, that the organization was somehow involved in terrorism.
Once again, I urge you to oppose the REAL ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418). I believe our borders can be protected and our security ensured through proper responses to critical needs, not misguided proposals on a nationalized driver's licenses and new requirements for people fleeing persecution.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter.
The majority of illegals entering this country are not escaping persecution and those that are still need to enter legally. As usual the ACLU is grasping at straws to prevent us from protecting ourselves and the sovereignty of our nation.
It is particularly interesting that they pretend to be concerned about the plight of Christians in the Sudan while waging their own domestic persecution of Christian symbols, values and morals in this country. The very name of God is anathema to this group and if they could they would expunge it from our heritage.
Then, there is the nonsense about the denial of a driver's license leading to an increase in insurance rates. Allowing someone to be licensed, does not mean they will become insured and since illegals have already proven they have no regard for the law what is the guarantee they will abide by insurance requirements? That is why our insurance rates have already increased to "protect" us from uninsured motorists.
The statement about securing our borders by "proper responses to critical needs" is vague and in reality meaningless. Our borders are in a crisis, our nation is at war and the REAL ID Act is one positive way to respond to those needs. As usual, the ACLU offers nothing concrete to deal with the issue because it does not see porous borders as a problem. It would love nothing more than for us to continue to be overrun by criminals and saboteurs. The ACLU delights in striking down laws under the pretext of protecting us from our own elected legislators or attacking the very rules that the vast majority of us have voted into being. Tyranny of the minority is the rule of thumb for the ACLU and it is their atheistic, socialist thumb that they wish to have us under.
Do as they ask! Send letters to your representatives and senators but tell them you want the Real ID Act, our borders secured, the illegals expelled and,while you're at it, tell them how sick you are of the ACLU.
Tell them, not only are you for the REAL ID Act, but you're also for Representative John Hostettler's (IN) bill H. R. 2679, the Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005. The bill seeks to amend the federal law which threatens constitutionally protected expression of religion by State and local officials resulting from the threat of potential litigants seeking monetary damages and attorney fees. In lieu of attorney fees under Title 42, United States Code, Chapter 1988, a civil action brought under 42 USC 1979 alleging a violation of the Constitution’s establishment of religion clause would be limited to the sole remedy of injunctive relief and not reimbursement of attorneys' fees.
That ought to take the wind out of the sails of the ACLU along with some of the gold in her hold.
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