June 7, 2007 | By Derek Slater

Immigration Bill Expands National ID Nightmare

We've warned that, once the REAL ID Act is implemented, uses of the standardized national ID and associated databases would inevitably expand far beyond their initial purpose and facilitate a wide range of surveillance activities. In fact, mission creep is already happening -- look no further than the immigration bill currently before the Senate, which would in effect require individuals to show a REAL ID or a U.S. passport in order to get a job.

REAL ID is fundamentally flawed and needs to be repealed, not expanded. Please find your Senators phone numbers here and tell them to support Senate Amendment 1236, the Baucus/Tester Real ID Amendment to S.1348, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. The Senate could be taking up this amendment soon, so it's crucial that you take action now.

To learn more about what's wrong with REAL ID, see our issue page.

Update, 6/11: The immigration bill stalled last week. We'll keep you up to date if this dangerous REAL ID expansion comes back.

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