Thursday, February 10, 2005

I'm Troubled

H.R. 418, the REAL ID act of 2005, passed today. Section 102, amends a previous act (the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996) to include the following provision.
`(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive, and shall waive, all laws such Secretary, in such Secretary's sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers and roads under this section.

`(2) NO JUDICIAL REVIEW- Notwithstanding any other provision of law (statutory or nonstatutory), no court shall have jurisdiction--

`(A) to hear any cause or claim arising from any action undertaken, or any decision made, by the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to paragraph (1); or

`(B) to order compensatory, declaratory, injunctive, equitable, or any other relief for damage alleged to arise from any such action or decision.'.
Aren't conservatives the ones worried about the power of the Federal Government? Or about too much power being concentrated in few hands (something we should all be worried about, frankly)?

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