December 30, 2020
The U.S. Congress has passed the REAL ID Modernization Act, which updates identification requirements set 15 years ago by the 9/11 Commission.
“This new law marks another important step toward meeting the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations to close dangerous vulnerabilities to terrorist travel & fraud,” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said. “With this authority, Department can help states better streamline the identity document issuance process before the October 1, 2021 enforcement deadline.”
Currently, all 50 states, 3 territories, & District of Columbia have issued more than 114 million REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses & identification cards. This represents about 42% of all driver’s licenses & identification card holders. The deadline for all Americans to have a REAL ID is October 1, 2021. On that day, new IDs will be required at all federally regulated airports, federal facilities, & nuclear power plants. DHS urges Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or an acceptable alternative, such as a U.S. passport or passport card, before the Oct. 1, 2021 enforcement deadline.
The REAL ID Modernization Act allows states to accept the identity & lawful status information from individuals using electronic transmission methods & reuse existing photographs, under certain conditions, to issue current driver’s licenses or identification cards & stored as part of their official state record.
It also lays groundwork for future REAL ID-compliant mobile/digital driver’s licenses to individuals holding a valid REAL ID compliant physical DL/ID. In addition, act allows applicants to provide their social security number without having to bring in a separate document containing social security number during application process. The bill also states that aircraft operators & third-party reservation entities must notify airline travelers of REAL ID enforcement 90 days before enforcement deadline.
Americans should check their state-issued driver’s license or identification card for star in upper left- or right-hand corner. If star is present, ID card is REAL ID compliant. More information regarding REAL ID is available on DHS website.
Illegal persons desiring citizenship shall be entitled to register through The Freedom Smart Card System™; establish their place on an immigration waiting list; submit to fingerprint & DNA background checks; must depart the United States; & will be provided with a definitive timeline for re-entry & a Path To Citizenship.
Illegal aliens with proper, yet expired, documentation shall register through The Freedom Smart Card System™; submit to fingerprint & DNA background checks; be afforded the opportunity to re-establish, or renew, proper documentation for a limited period of time, after which they must seek citizenship – or leave.
Illegal aliens who never had proper documentation & who never registered through The Freedom Smart Card System™; establish a verifiable timeline for their presence; verify payment of taxes; shall submit to fingerprint & DNA background checks; register through The Freedom Smart Card System™; establish their place on an immigration waiting list; & depart until such time as they’ll be entitled to legal immigration to the United States of America. Based on that documentation:
For those who are currently working or have previously worked, and have always paid taxes, they’ll be placed on an expedited track for legal status.
For those who are currently working or have previously worked, & have sometimes paid taxes, they must become current in taxes, after which they’ll be placed on a somewhat slower track for legal status, in line with citizens of other countries who’ve been on “immigration lottery” status.
For those who are currently working or have previously worked, & have never paid taxes, they must submit to fingerprint & DNA background checks; must become current in all their taxes; & must pay additional IRS fines & penalties. At this point they’ll be deported & placed on an immigration waiting list – at the back of the line.
As of January 2021, 16 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, & Puerto Rico issue driver’s licenses or permits to some or all of the population residing illegally in the United States. State laws permitting this are on the books in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, & Washington.