"This Just In" piece on "Real ID," the federal government's proposed standardize
"This Just In" piece on "Real ID," the federal government's proposed standardized ID-card system. In January 2007, Maine was the first state to pass a resolution rejected Real ID, and followed up five months later with a law preventing the state from participating. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) failed to grant Maine an extension until last week. Had DHS not issued an extension, Maine IDs would have been inadmissible as federal identification starting on May 11. Real ID has become an immigration issue more than a security measure. To get the extension, Gov. John Baldacci has to agree to a set of modifications, including that Maine will stop issuing licenses to anyone who cannot prove citizenship or legal-resident status. The Maine Civil Liberties Union is disappointed that Baldacci acquiesced to the DHS demands, saying the proposed modifications are costly and unfair, and will shove immigration issues to the forefront of Maine politics.
Identification cards, certificates, etc
Fulton, Deirdre, ""This Just In" piece on "Real ID," the federal government's proposed standardize" (2008). Maine News Index – Portland Phoenix. 3491.