The amnesty bill and REAL ID are two of the actions being taken to integrate North America into a trading region. Eventually all citizens on the continent will have the freedom to travel, work and live anywhere within its new common security perimeter.
Any new amnesty bill before Congress in 2010 should have the same wording as found in previous comprehensive immigration legislation, including H.R. 4321, which provides for this perimeter. With the outer perimeter around North America under “operational control” of the three former sovereign nations, the common internal borders between Mexico and the United States and between Canada and the United States would not have to add additional barriers. Instead it would be “controlled” by a “virtual fence.”
Toward that end, our government and those of our neighbors, Canada and Mexico, are working on systems to eventually allow citizens of all three nations to travel freely throughout the continent, with something like your EZ pass on your local toll road.
The U.S. Congress passed legislation, the REAL ACT of 2005, that would force every American to have a “secure” REAL ID driver’s license or ID card. Implementation was delayed by George Bush until 2009 because of widespread opposition from the states. Now the Department of Homeland Security has pushed the date for state compliance to May 11, 2011. In the meantime, Congress is working on another version, the Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL). Whatever its final shape, it will be a national ID card for Americans.
A number of U.S. states near the Canadian border are producing their own EDL, in coordination with Homeland Security and other federal agencies. But all Americans will be required to comply.
“If you choose not to apply for your driver’s license or ID under Real ID, you will not be able to access federal facilities, board federally regulated commercial aircraft, and a host of other agencies and programs to be named later by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
The Real ID driver’s license and other machine readable identity cards for American citizens are for the purpose of facilitating the movement of people and commerce across North America’s interior borders.
Canada and Mexico will both have a national ID card with a database. The U.S. will have access to all the states’ driver’s licenses and ID databases. And the governments of all three nations will need to have access to all databases covering the inhabitants of North America to make this EZ continental flow work as designed.
“President Felipe Calderon says Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year (2009), and by 2012 everyone will have one. (ABC News)
“The card will carry the bearer’s photograph. It will also include information on fingerprints and biometric data, including facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip. See here.
British Columbia has already produced an enhanced driver’s license for U.S. border use, April 6, 2009:
“The B.C. enhanced cards are now in the final stages of approval by the U.S. government. The full implementation of the British Columbia EDL/EIC program follows a successful test phase that was launched in January 2008, with 521 volunteers. Today’s announcement follows through on a commitment made between B.C. and Washington State to keep our borders running smoothly…”
“In addition to being valid forms of identification and, for the EDL, a valid licence to drive, these cards denote the cardholder’s Canadian citizenship. When approved by the U.S., it will be a valid document to enter the U.S. from Canada by land or water. A reminder that a valid passport or a NEXUS card is still required for travel to, through, or from the U.S. by air.”
Once again, you can find NEXUS, SENTRI and other plans to speed up the flow of commerce and people into North America and across the continent in the Council on Foreign Relations plan for Building a North American Community. Go to the CFR site, scroll down and click on English version, 295KPDF. Read pages 7-10. Included is the common security perimeter as found in bills presented by Congress (page 8). This is the roadmap for the integration of North America and it is being implemented.
ATTENTION READERS: I wrote in the previous article, Dec. 31, 2009, that some of these documents have been blocked or removed in the past soon after publication so you can’t see what your government and its partners are planning for our nation. That warning became real today as the link to the CFR plan for Building a North American Community has been removed. That would be the section on the CFR site that shows English version, 295KPDF, in the paragraph above. (01/27/2010)
For now I have provided a direct link to the PDF site of Building a North American Community. In the meantime we are working to provide a permanent solution to this continuing problem.
Back in the U.S., some states are eager to be a part of the national ID program:
“Washington (State) hopes to be a model (April 2008) for EDL programs in other states.”
“The EDL (for Washington State) looks like a regular Washington driver’s license, but it has a red banner across the top of the card and a machine readable zone…that officers can scan at the border, according to the Washington DOL. The licenses also include more subtle security features, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection Spokeswoman Kelly Klundt.”
“The other novel development for the EDL is the RFID chip embedded in the license that allows officials to check a driver’s identity even as a person pulls up to the border station. According to an official, “the DHS insisted on the RFID to keep the border crossing moving quickly, as with similar ‘trusted traveler’ programs administered by the DHS.”
“The RFID in the license will carry no personal data, only a reference number created by the DHS.” But that reference number is your unique number. Every citizen will have a number, referred to by many as a national ID card.
Governor Paterson (May 27, 2008) “announced an agreement between New York State and the Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) permitting the state to issue an Enhanced Driver License (EDL). The new license is being developed by the State Department of Motor Vehicles…and it will boost the Upstate economy by expediting cross-border land and sea travel for the citizens of the State. The secure document can be used in place of a passport…”
The New York EDL or ENDID (Enhanced Non-Driver ID) has an RFID tag, which “is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that can help to expedite traffic and reduce the environmental effects of traffic at border crossings. Equipment at border crossings can recognize an RFID tag from as far as 30 feet away to speed your crossing.”
This system of national IDs for all North Americans will also be utilized to speed up commerce throughout the continent. Tens of thousands of trucks, driven by Mexicans, will pick up cargo unloaded from freighters by Mexicans at super ports on the west coast of Mexico. These ports are being built by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. and its partner Wal-Mart. That means once again, American workers and stevedores in California will be left out.
The trucks will be tracked electronically along transportation corridors to the United States and Canada. These supercorridors are being constructed along existing routes with enhanced capabilities. Those who said they don’t exist never bothered to check the plentiful public and private websites that clearly spell out the international nature of these corridors.
Upgrades are being made to border crossings with more lanes and electronic clearance. You can find reference to this construction in H.R. 4321 and all other comprehensive immigration bills. Drivers approaching a border complex can enter a lane where a reader can clear the truck without the need to stop and be inspected. It then proceeds into the U.S. and stops at inland ports along the way.
NASCO, North America’s Supercorridor Coalition, Inc., spans “almost 2,500 miles through the central United States, eastern and central Canada, and deep into Mexico…the NASCO trade corridor is a multi-modal transportation network that connects 71 million people and supports a large part of $1 trillion dollars in total commerce between the three nations. (Most of that imports.) See video.
Remember when these coalitions said the U.S. government isn’t involved. They are involved. The Federal Highway Department has taxpayer money available to help border provinces and states with projects in Canada and Mexico. See Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program Q&A. Scroll down to Projects in Canada or Mexico. US DOT/FHWA. Also see NAFTA SuperHighway.
Remember when the Swine flu began in Mexico in 2009 and the U.S. government refused to close our border with that nation? That decision had already been made on August 21, 2007 in Montebello, Canada at a Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America meeting that was off limits to the public.
As a result of the agreement, this trinational partnership of Canada, Mexico and the United States would implement a “North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza” if such an extreme emergency developed.
The focus in the case of any emergency is the economy of North America. That was made clear in a Fact Sheet from the U.S. Department of State:
“Central to the plan is a North American approach that undertakes measures to maintain the flow of people, services, and cargo across the borders during a severe pandemic while striving to protect our citizens.” (How many Americans died from the pandemic?)
This is the policy for terror attacks also. We have to protect the economy. Everything our leaders do is aimed at keeping the borders open and continuing to build this North American Community. People and commerce will flow across the continent on multi-modal transportation corridors and through border complexes that speed traffic through from one nation to another. Similar to crossing the Florida border into Georgia. Eventually, as in the European Union, a person will be able to traverse North America without showing your papers, since everyone within our “secure” outer perimeter has an ID card.
If our leaders wanted to secure our borders, they could do it now and at a reasonable cost. But that is not on the agenda.