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Eagle Forum Alert
February 7, 2005

The REAL ID Act (H.R. 418) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 261-161 with 11 members not voting (Roll Call vote 31). The bill, which denies driverís licenses to illegal aliens for federal identification purposes, will now be attached to a must pass piece of legislation and sent to the Senate.

Tell Your Representative to vote YES on the REAL ID Act

This week, Congress will vote on the immigration provisions stripped out of the Intelligence Reform bill recently signed into law by President Bush. These provisions are an essential first step in securing our borders and defending the homeland from would-be terrorists.

The REAL ID Act (H.R. 418) is sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Chairman Sensenbrenner stood strong against the White House and party leaders who previously axed these provisions and now we must support his continued efforts to protect America. His bill would implement the following provisions:


  • Prohibits states from issuing driver's licenses to illegal aliens for any federal identification purposes

  • Makes it harder for terrorists to claim asylum in the U.S. to avoid deportation

  • Allows the Department of Homeland Security to construct barriers at the border, including finishing the San Diego border fence

  • Makes aliens deportable for the same terrorism-related offenses that would cause them to be inadmissible to the U.S.

In the post-9/11 era, we must make it harder for terrorists to enter and function in our country undetected. The 9/11 hijackers used false documents to obtain driver's licenses which enabled them to open bank accounts and rent cars and apartments while they planned the attack. Congress must no longer pander to those who purposefully break our laws and undermine our national security. Congress must act!

Congress will likely vote on the REAL ID Act on Thursday, Feb. 10. Start calling now! Urge members vote YES for the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418).

Call Your Representative Today! All members should be called, but these are especially important:

Targeted Members: Aderholt, Barrett (SC), Bartlett (MD), Bishop (UT), Bonilla, Bonner, Deal, Flake, Franks, Gilchrest, Granger, Graves, Harris, Hefley, Hulshof, Jenkins, Kelly, Kolbe, Lucas, McCotter, Mica, Moran, Ney, Peterson (MN), Platts, Pombo, Putnam, Rehberg, Renzi, Ryun (KS), Shays, Shimkus, Smith (MI), Souder, Taylor (MS), Taylor (NC), Tiahrt, Upton, Walden (OR), Weldon (PA), Whitfield, Young (AK), Young (FL)

Capitol Switchboard: (202)-224-3121

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