Thursday, June 19, 2008


I have written about this so called Real ID. Its something that Homeland Security wants really bad. Bad thing is that there is no funding for this project. Most Governors are not jumping on board because truthfully they can't afford it.

In an article , even the Governor of Arizona is not jumping on board. Homeland security wants an ID that every state recognizes. It would connect all information to this identification. This information would include criminal history, driver's license, and proof of citizenship all on one card. The thing with this identification is that most states are not interconnected with each other. Take me for example. I am an Indiana adoptee living in Texas. Texas would not have access to Indiana's birth certificate information.

There have been several stories of non adopted individuals having issues with proving their citizenship. I don't know if Texas has a different birth certificate for its adoptees but I do know that Indiana does. If a clerk from the post office doesn't recognize an amended birth certificate, the adoptee will have major issues with proving their birth and adoption. I know that Coleman Adoptees will have issues because the adoptees and their families never got a copy of anything. We are having difficulties now getting that documentation.

A quote from the article previously mentioned really concerns me. So if adoptees can't get this new real ID, then adoptees can't travel the country according to Laura Keehner of Homeland Security. This sounds like a bold face threat to the governors who are not going to comply with this so called law.

"Laura Keehner, press secretary to the Department of Homeland Security, acknowledged the money already being provided and in the pipeline will not be enough to cover the cost, estimated at an extra $8 for each driver license, a figure that ultimately comes out to about $3.9 billion nationwide. But she said the state and its residents will benefit in having a more secure document.

Keehner said if Arizona — and the 13 other states that have taken similar action — do not reverse course, it will be the residents who will suffer when the law takes effect as scheduled in 2010.Potentially most sweeping, she said the law, beginning as early as 2010, will forbid people from boarding commercial airlines without identification recognized by her agency."

The only identification that will be allowed on these flights will be a passport or a military identification. This also applies to federal buildings.

As I read these stories, I see more and more adoptee rights being violated. I am even talking about the discrimination that adoptees already receive. I am talking basic civil rights as promised under the Constitution of the United States. When my natural mother relinquished her rights, she didn't relinquish mine. First off, there has been no proof of any mother ever being promised privacy. Second, a majority of mothers don't want this privacy from their child. Both Tennessee and Oregon courts decided that mothers do not have this right to privacy from their own children. Mothers do not have the fundamental right to place their child for adoption; therefore do not have the right to privacy from that child. In states with full unfettered adoptee access have not had any issues with stalking adoptees or natural parents. In states with full unfettered access have not had any rapid increases of abortions or decreases in adoption. If anything, its the exact opposite. Thomas Atwood of the NCFA calls this mandatory openness. This isn't mandatory openness. Its about giving adoptees equality. Its about ensuring the adoptee's civil rights in the future.

I can scream this from the rafters of our country. When will we start to listen as country? When are we going to stop discriminating against a whole class of citizens because of the status of their birth?

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