Another indicator of victory for state-level nullification – the 2005 Real ID act was originally to be implemented in early 2008, and today, it’s still in limbo. Going on 2 years later, with more than two dozen states passing laws and resolutions denouncing or flat-out refusing to comply – and D.C. has no choice but to continue backing off.
I reported last week that Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, refused to say she would announce an extension of the present waivers for states that have not complied with the Real ID Act. Without an extension of these waivers, Americans from perhaps 36 different states would not be able to enter federal buildings or fly because their ID didn’t meet national specifications.
My word from Washington is: “Don’t worry.”
After speaking with experts at an FTC roundtable on privacy yesterday, the word on the street is that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said immediately following last week’s committee hearing that they will extend the waiver if they have to.