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Cover Story
Home Schoolers Win Ban on National Test

Special Features
So You Want to Attend Patrick Henry College

National Center Reports
National ID Regulations on Hold for Year

Defense Authorization Bill of 1998

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998

Gifted Home Schoolers Excel

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
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A Contrario Sensu

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Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

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Freedom Watch
National ID Regulations
on Hold for Year

     “None of the funds appropriated under this Act may be used to issue a final standard under docket No. NHTSA 98-3945 (relating to section 656(b) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act of 1996)”
     With this statement, as part of the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 1999, Congress has delayed implementation of a national identifier, concluding several months of vigorous debate over the issue. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), at the request of Mike Farris and several other conservative leaders, included this one-year moratorium in the omnibus bill.
     Mandates for a national ID became law in 1996 with the Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act. This Act required the Department of Transportation (DOT) to implement regulations requiring all states to use social security numbers and biometric identifiers by October 1, 2000.
     However, the regulations DOT issued this year met intense opposition from private citizens, conservative organizations and state governments. So much so, that the Department of Transportation has requested Congress repeal the authorizing federal law. In addition, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), an organization which has been strongly pushing for a national ID for the past several years, has conceded defeat as well. They, too, are recommending that Congress repeal the law.

A Permanent Solution in View
     This one-year moratorium provides Congress the time needed to begin the process of repealing section 656(b) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), along with Representatives Ron Paul (R-TX) and Bob Barr (R-GA), have stated their support for repealing the national ID language from federal law next year.