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Kingston votes to strengthen border security The REAL ID Act passes the U.S. House

Location: Washington, DC

Kingston votes to strengthen border security The REAL ID Act passes the U.S. House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the REAL ID Act of 2005. Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1), a strong supporter of the act, voted in favor of the bill.

The REAL ID Act will finally allow the implementation the 9/11 Commission's border security recommendations, including closing loopholes in identification requirements, asylum procedures, and deportation measures.

"This act is going to bring a sigh of relief to those concerned about our border security. Our current identification system is so disjointed that the World Trade Center terrorists had a total of 63 valid driver's licenses between them. Our deportation and asylum laws are unclear and inconsistent. With this act, these problems will finally be addressed." Congressman Kingston said.

The existing U.S. asylum standards can let documented terrorists and terrorist sympathizers into our country. Also, the laws are vague on deportation of aliens residing in the U.S. whom have proven involvement in terrorist activities.

The REAL ID Act fixes these problems. It unifies ID standards and requires applicants to provide proof they are in the country legally. It will strengthen judges' ability to determine whether the asylum seeker is truthful and codify the factors immigration judges use to assess credibility. And, it will ultimately make deportation laws consistent by using the same standards for admission into the country as for deportation.

"The 9/11 Commission recommended, wisely, that the Federal government take care of these border security problems to ensure the safety of our country." Congressman Kingston said. "We will now be one step ahead."

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