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Introduced in House (11/14/2007)

[Congressional Bills 110th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 4176 Introduced in House (IH)]

  1st Session
                                H. R. 4176

To enhance national security by restricting access of illegal aliens to 
      driver's licenses and State-issued identification documents.



                           November 14, 2007

   Mr. King of New York (for himself, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Boehner, Mr. 
   Blunt, Mr. Putnam, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Kuhl of New York, Mr. 
  Reynolds, Mr. McHugh, Mr. Fossella, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mrs. Miller of 
Michigan, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Tancredo, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. Baker, 
Mr. Dreier, Mr. Feeney, Mr. David Davis of Tennessee, Mr. Tom Davis of 
Virginia, Mrs. Boyda of Kansas, Mr. Shays, Mr. Brown of South Carolina, 
 Mr. McCotter, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. Roskam, Mr. Chabot, Mr. 
 Bilirakis, Mr. Pence, Mr. Culberson, Mr. Poe, Mrs. Drake, Mr. Tiahrt, 
  Mr. Gingrey, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. Peterson of Pennsylvania, Mr. 
Pearce, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Tiberi, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Royce, Mr. McCaul of 
  Texas, Mr. Souder, Mr. Hulshof, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Marchant, Mr. 
    Ramstad, Mr. Akin, Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Campbell of 
 California, Mr. Kline of Minnesota, Mr. Walsh of New York, Mr. Keller 
of Florida, Mr. Smith of Nebraska, Mr. Dent, Mr. Coble, Mr. Alexander, 
 Mr. Terry, Mr. Hall of Texas, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Rehberg, Mr. Lucas, Mr. 
    Calvert, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Herger, Mr. McHenry, Mr. Duncan, Mr. 
Bilbray, Mr. Reichert, Mrs. Musgrave, Mr. Lewis of Kentucky, Mr. Young 
of Florida, Mr. Hunter, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Latham, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. 
   Gerlach, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Renzi, Mr. Shadegg, Mr. Linder, Mr. 
Neugebauer, Mr. Saxton, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Goode, Mr. Miller of 
Florida, Mr. Platts, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Wicker, 
 Mr. Gallegly, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, 
 Mr. Cole of Oklahoma, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Tim 
  Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Rogers of 
  Michigan, Mr. Barrett of South Carolina, Mr. Price of Georgia, Ms. 
 Granger, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Davis of Kentucky, Mr. Thornberry, Mrs. 
 Capito, Mr. Buyer, Ms. Fallin, Mr. Bonner, Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Forbes, 
 Mr. Boozman, Mr. Turner, Mr. Everett, Mr. Kingston, Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. 
Porter, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Barton of Texas, Mr. Frelinghuysen, 
Mrs. Bono, Mr. Young of Alaska, Ms. Pryce of Ohio, Mr. Brady of Texas, 
  Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. English of Pennsylvania, Mr. Rohrabacher, Mr. 
  Issa, Mr. Graves, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Wamp, Mr. Conaway, Mr. 
Hayes, Mr. Pickering, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Weldon of Florida, Mr. 
Kirk, Mr. McKeon, Mr. Hobson, Mr. Hastert, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. McCarthy of 
   California, Mr. McCrery, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Johnson of 
   Illinois, Mr. Boustany, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Gary G. 
  Miller of California, Mr. Mica, Mr. Moran of Kansas, Mr. Jordan of 
  Ohio, and Mr. Knollenberg) introduced the following bill; which was 
referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in 
  addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a 
 period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for 
consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the 
                          committee concerned


                                 A BILL

To enhance national security by restricting access of illegal aliens to 
      driver's licenses and State-issued identification documents.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act shall be cited as the ``Prevention of Unsafe Licensing 


    The Congress makes the following findings:
            (1) The ability of illegal aliens and terrorists to acquire 
        driver's licenses or identification cards poses a threat to 
        national security.
            (2) Issuing driver's licenses or other forms of 
        documentation to individuals who are illegally present in the 
        United States will enable illegal aliens, and possibly 
        terrorists, to open bank accounts, transfer money out of the 
        country, purchase weapons, and commit voter fraud.
            (3) The 9/11 terrorists obtained dozens of driver's 
        licenses from States with weak licensing laws. The 9/11 
        hijackers also acquired a total of 28 State-issued 
        identification cards or driver's licenses.
            (4) An illegal alien, whose presence in the United States 
        proves blatant disregard of Federal law, should not be rewarded 
        by having his or her presence in the United States supported by 
        receiving legitimate government-issued identification.
            (5) Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005 (division B of 
        Public Law 109-13) to enhance security of State-issued driver's 
        licenses and other identification documents to prevent 
        potential terrorists from obtaining identification documents in 
        order to remain and operate in the United States.
            (6) Recent actions by some States have demonstrated a 
        willingness to exploit loopholes in the law to provide driver's 
        licenses to illegal aliens regardless of the security concerns.
            (7) A driver's license is a desired document; it enables an 
        individual to travel and live in the United States and may 
        facilitate acquiring other documents and services.
            (8) Illegal aliens may use a driver's license to register 
        and vote in Federal, State, and local elections.
            (9) Allowing illegal immigrants to have access to driver's 
        licenses could hinder an employer's ability to check 
        identification and verify legal status and work authorization.
            (10) Federal Courts have repeatedly found that the Congress 
        has plenary power to regulate immigration, including conditions 
        on admissibility, presence, and removal of aliens.


    Section 202 of the REAL ID Act of 2005 (49 U.S.C. 30301 note) is 
            (1) in subsection (d), by striking paragraph (11) and 
        redesignating paragraphs (12) and (13) as paragraphs (11) and 
        (12), respectively; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(e) Prohibition.--A State is prohibited from issuing any driver's 
license or identification card to any individual unless the State 
satisfies the requirements of subsection (c)(2)(B).''.