North Carolina Becomes a Mecca for Illegal Drivers License Issuance; Drugs too?


As the
old adage goes, a chain is only as strong as its

weakest link;
a lesson sadly learned when some of
the

9/11 terrorists
got their

drivers licenses
in states which had low or no
standards.

North
Carolina remains a hotbed
of driver`s license fraud.  A page one story on January
26th in the Greensboro News & Record
headlined this shocking story:


“North Carolina examiners should not aggressively
investigate illegal immigrants who might be seeking
fraudulent driver`s licenses, a top state executive
suggested in a memo nearly two years after the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks.”[


DMV MEMO OKS LICENSES FOR ILLEGALS,
by Taft Wireback]

Moreover, Wayne Hurder, who supervises the state`s
driver-license section for the state Division of Motor
Vehicles in Raleigh, sent an e-mail message in August
2003 criticizing some of his DMV officials for

being too aggressive
with immigrants.

All
this continued law breaking is despite a previous
Greensboro News & Record
story (DMV
BOOSTS SECURITY WITH NEW SOFTWARE;

October 11, 2004) reporting that the state`s Division of
Motor Vehicles (DMV) is incorporating new technology to
keep people from getting fraudulent driver`s licenses.
The DMV is paying about $1.5 million to a Massachusetts
firm,

Viisage Technology
, to incorporate
facial-recognition equipment at its 127 driver`s license
offices statewide.

How big
is the problem?  Seems to me

North Carolinians
should demand to find out.  A
number of hard-hitting newspaper stories caused one
Democrat member of the North Carolina legislature to
introduce legislation to "reform" the state`s lax Driver
License law.

However, this is not the good news that it may appear.

The new
proposed legislation does not define "legal presence."
It would not take effect for a long time, and —worst
of all— it fails to address the

400,000+ illegal aliens
 who have already obtained
valid North Carolina Driver Licenses under

lax guidelines.

We
learned from reports in the Boston Herald earlier
this month that extremely violent illegal alien drug
gangs including El Salvadoran drug gang "MS-13" is
deeply involved in smuggling people (including Al Qaeda
operatives) over the US-Mexican border.  [Rep:
Terrorist gang could infiltrate border
, By Michele
McPhee Friday, March 4, 2005]

How
could this level of criminal activity be going on
without police and licensing officials` knowledge?  With
this kind of volume, gangs are naturally attracted to

illicit business
that generates such a large flow of
cash income (illegal aliens

don`t pay for their DL`s
with AMEX Cards).

Folks,
among the states with lax Driver License laws, North
Carolina really stands out.

Let`s
be very specific here. The Internal Revenue Service for
years issued Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers
(ITIN`s)
for the sole purpose of allowing folks to pay Federal
income tax.

When
the IRS learned that one quarter of all of their ITIN`s
never came back on a Tax Return, and that

ITIN`s
were being accepted by some states

for ID
(to get a valid Driver License) the IRS acted
promptly to halt the abusive practice. (Note: the US
Secret Service, like the IRS, is part of the Treasury
Department)

In
2003, the IRS notified all 50 Governors with a series of
urgent letters. Governors were told by the IRS that the
ITIN is not a secure or a verifiable document and that a
new policy was to follow. The IRS sent each Governor a
letter that directed their State

not to accept the ITIN for any purpose,
but
especially not in connection with the issuing of a
Driver License.

NC
continues to violate IRS/US Treasury policy by accepting
these worthless ITIN`s as proper ID (although state
officials deny it). Why would a wanted criminal, an
illegal alien, or an Al-Qaeda operative risk getting
caught with a fake Driver License, when North Carolina
officials have made it so easy to obtain the genuine
article
?

Congressman James Sensenbrenner`s

REAL ID Act (HR 418
) has now passed the House and is
facing a stiff fight in the Senate.   It is a

start,
but action at

all levels of government
on the must occur if we are
to protect the integrity of our identifying documents
and better secure our safety.

C`mon,
NC, get real with our security!

Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.