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01/28/2005 Archived Entry: "New House bill puts Homeland Security above the law"
A NEW HOUSE BILL FROM JAMES SENSENBRENNER not only gets deeper into federal control of drivers licenses -- including requiring states to share your data with the Department of Homeland Security. The bill grants the DHS authority to waive laws regarding roads and barriers at borders. Then the bill goes on to say the courts have no jurisdiction, either to stop the abuse of those "waived" laws or to compensate victims of such DHS overreaching. (See Section 102 on page 7 of the pdf file.)
No matter what you think of immigration, giving any government agency explicit authority to waive laws is scary s--t. Of course, they all do it anyway, but at least you have some hope of getting justice five years down the road.
Posted by Claire @ 09:56 AM CST