Saturday, March 3, 2007

The REAL ID Act: How It Violates U.S. Treaty Obligations, Insults International Law, Undermines Our Security, and Betrays Eleano

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A detailed summary by a FindLaw writer of the Real ID act. He makes several claims about this act and how it guts certain aspects of America that are part of our core identity as a nation.

The Real ID act will cause the U.S. to come into violation with two International treaties that together form an International Bill of Rights. These are International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

The act would violate normal procedures in dealing with refugees from persecution in their home country. This is due to changes in requirements for people seeking asylum. The U.S. has long taken the role of a beacon of hope and freedom and democracy for those fleeing oppression.