Tuesday, August 24, 2004

You Can Do Your Part For Homeland Defense

Urge Congress to Implement 9/11 Commission Recommendations on Immigration Enforcement and Document Security

Send A Free Fax to your members of Congress today urging them to implement key 9/11 Commission recommendations to correct fatal weaknesses in our immigration enforcement and documentation policies. (Click on the link above then click the take action now box to send this pre-written, editable fax.)
Follow up your faxes with phone calls. (Visit our elected officials section for contact information.)

Congress has held several hearing over the past few weeks to consider the 9/11 Commission recommendations in preparation of legislative action. Among the flaws cited by the Commission as contributing to the tragedy of 9/11 were lax enforcement of our immigration laws and the failure to secure vital identity documents. Tell Congress to implement the following reforms to protect America's homeland security:

Bar federal and bank acceptance of unverifiable consular identification documents, including the Mexican-issued matricula consular.
Increase interior enforcement through state and local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Suspend the Visa Waiver Program that allows nationals of 27 nations to enter the U.S. without prior screening by a consular officer.
Create federal standards for the issuance of state driver's licenses and identification cards to prevent states from issuing IDs to terrorists, criminals and illegal aliens.
Instruct the Federal Aviation Administration to discontinue acceptance of driver's licenses issued by states that do not require and verify applicants' Social Security numbers for the purpose of boarding commercial flights within the United States.
Issue federal standards for a national birth/death registry database and anti-fraud features to protect Americans from identity theft.
Expedite the implementation of the USVISIT entry/exit system and require data from ALL travelers be collected and entered into the database, including travelers from Mexico and Canada who are currently exempt.
We live in a state of constant threat. It is vital that Congress act immediately to make it more difficult for potential terrorists to get into the country, more difficult to evade detection from law enforcement, more difficult to obtain valid identity documents or use counterfeited documents, and more difficult to finance their operations.
For more background information, read our press release, "Talk is Cheap: President Bush Can Act Now To Implement Some of the 9/11 Commission's Recommendations."

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