Washington, D.C. - Chief Deputy Majority Whip Eric Cantor (VA-07) delivered the following statement today in support of the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418), a bill to improve homeland security by shoring up immigration and visa rules and implementing commonsense rules for issuing driver's licenses:
"It is so important that Congress take action, and take action now to secure our country by preventing terrorists from moving about freely with an ID they should not have. All of us who board planes want to know that there is some integrity to our ID system and that terrorists are not boarding planes using a state-issued identification card.
"This is not conjecture because this is what happened on 9/11. This is also what the 9/11 Commission suggested that we take action on.
"In 2003, under the leadership of then-Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, Virginia acted to close this dangerous loophole. The General Assembly passed and the Governor signed into law a provision which requires anyone applying for a license in Virginia to have legal status in our country. They must have a visa and the license they are issued expires when their visa expires.
"It's just common sense. Why do we want terrorists to have a state-issued license, board a plane and use it to commit a terrorist act? It is time for Congress to act and mandate minimum standards for state-issued driver's licenses and IDs.
"I urge passage of the REAL ID Act."