Trump Administration Backs Off From Restricting Driver’s Licenses For Micronesians

The Consul General of the Federated States of Micronesia in Honolulu said that policy had created “tremendous hardship” for Pacific Islanders in Hawaii.


Thousands of citizens of three Micronesian nations can now get federally approved driver’s licenses in the U.S., reversing a policy change four months ago that caused widespread confusion and pushback from Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii.

The Trump administration in late April issued guidelines that made it much tougher for most immigrants from three Pacific Island nations to get a federally approved license.

Under that policy, citizens of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia had to apply for visas or employment authorization documents in order to qualify.

As Hawaii implemented the Trump administration’s April guidance, some Honolulu residents were turned away at city driver’s license centers and told they should go to their consul general for visas.

Kandhi Elieisar, consul general for the Federated States of Micronesia in Honolulu, says his office was flooded with requests for assistance.

“It caused tremendous hardship on our people,” he said in a phone interview last week.

The Department of Homeland Security plans to publish in the Federal Register Wednesday that citizens of those Pacific island nations will now need only a valid foreign passport and Form I-94 to obtain REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses in the U.S.

https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/09/trump-administration-backs-off-from-restricting-drivers-licenses-for-micronesians/
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  • If memory and facts serves me right, Democrats senators and governors in both Hawaii and Guam advocated and sponsored this bill on 2018 and urged the Democrat controlled house of Representatives to vote for this bill. Lets not forget how this got started. Micronesian hating Democrat senators and governors from Guam and Hawaii urged their fellow congressmen to vote for this and pass it which did in the Democrat controlled house.

    House Passes Bipartisan Real Id Driver's License Bill for FAS Citizens in USA
    Press Release
    By: Madeleine Bordallo
    Date: Sept. 27, 2018
    Location: Washington, DC
    Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the "REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act" (H.R.3398). Congresswoman Bordallo cosponsored this bipartisan bill.

    H.R.3398 would allow citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau to apply for REAL ID Act-compliant driver's licenses issued by U.S. jurisdictions, including the 50 states, the 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Specifically, the bill would allow U.S. jurisdictions to accept an FAS passport as a valid form of identification for proving lawful residence in the United States when applying for a REAL ID Act-compliant driver's license or personal identification card. H.R.3398 would only apply to FAS citizens residing lawfully in the United States under the terms of the Compacts of Free Association. The bill does not alter the current status of Compact migrants.

    Congresswoman Bordallo requested assistance for GovGuam to come into REAL ID Act compliance and requested an extension for Guam, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted in 2016. Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands are exempted until October 10, 2018. American Samoa was issued an exemption until October 10, 2019. Hawaii-issued licenses are fully compliant with the REAL ID Act. GovGuam continues to work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to come into full compliance with the Real ID Act.

    "I strongly support the REAL ID Act modification for FAS citizens passed unanimously by the House late Wednesday evening. FAS citizens residing lawfully in the United States, including our neighbors living in Guam, should not be denied the ability to apply for REAL ID Act-compliant licenses," said Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam).

    "I applaud my friend Congressman Young for his leadership on this important issue for the FAS community. I urge my Senate colleagues to also take up and pass this important bill so it may be signed into law," added Congresswoman Bordallo (D-Guam).

    1https://bordallo.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/house-passes-bipartisan-real-id-drivers-license-bill-fas-citizens-usa
  • The reason this bill was passed and got attention in the first place was because of our democrats senator's Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Democrat B.Schatz of Hawaii and Democrats senator bordello of Guam.

    These micronesian loving democrats urged the media and public and their colleagues in the house and senate to vote for it. And thanks to these democrats ir passed.

    Blaming Trump for a law the Democrat controlled house passed.

    Hahaha
  • Nice try.

    Read it again: The Trump administration in late April issued guidelines that made it much tougher for most immigrants from three Pacific Island nations to get a federally approved license.
  • Just as orange fuck face predicted, Alabama also known as America’s shit hole state, was slammed by hurricane orange ass clown. Hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha
  • Nice try but. The guidelines are based of this law that Democrats passed. Trump only enforcing the laws the Democrat controlled House of Representatives passed! Trump don't make laws he enforces them. Democrats house passed this law. Blaming Trump for a law Democrats passed like blaming Trump for enforcing laws on separation of families on the border which Democrat President Bill Clinton signed into Law!!

    Hahahaha

  • Read it again: "The Trump administration in late April issued guidelines that made it much tougher for most immigrants from three Pacific Island nations to get a federally approved license."
  • Read it again: " Democrats took control of the house in November and passed this law to make it tough for micronesians to get license in April.

    This law was passed by the Democrat blue puddle or wave in 2018 November and enforced in 2019 april.

    Trump job is enforcing what Democrats controlled house pass. And this racist license restriction against Micronesians was passed by Democrats by majority. Who control the house representatives that make ans pass laws? Democrats! The senator from Guam who is a Democrat supported this law along with Democrat Senator Mazie Hironi of Hawaii.

    Democrats in Guam and Hawaii orchestrated and called for this law to pass.

    Enough with the lies to our liberal white and brown self hating and brown hating whites in here!
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    Brown in beautiful.
  • I provide documented sources for all the facts I post here...unlike some others who just spout Trumpaganda and lies without any factual documentation or sources.

    Read the facts:

    https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/09/trump-administration-backs-off-from-restricting-drivers-licenses-for-micronesians/
  • For the benefit of the idiot who can't read, and for the benefit of those who actually care about the facts, the history goes as follows:

    In the fall of 2018, the Democratically controlled House of Representatives passed a bill allowing citizens of the FAS to obtain REAL ID licenses based on a passport and a valid I-94, or whatever that document is. In December, 2018, the Republican-controlled Senate (unanimously I believe) passed the House bill without amendment and sent it to the President for his signature. The Orange Orangutan, who would sign a sheet of toilet paper if put in front of him, signed the bill into law in December, 2018. That should have been the end of it.

    But, as FM accurately states, with citation to news articles, in April, 2019, the Orange Orangutan got a poker up his ass and decided to change the requirements of the law with a rule from HHS to require citizens of the FAS to provide not only the identification required by the law, but to also provide a current visa to enter the US. So despite the fact that there was apparent unanimity in the Congress, the Orange Orangutan just decided to change the rules. Then, in September, he changed his mind again.

    So, Pathetic Rats Ass Man, you are right that the Democratically-controlled House passed a bill. You left out the part where the REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED Senate also passed the same bill, and the Orange Orangutan signed it! Bipartisanship.

    Then HHS issued a new rule in April, which changed the law, and then this month HHS changed its mind. The one thing that is clear from all of this is that the Orange Orangutan has no idea what he is doing. The other thing that is clear is that Pathetic Rats Ass Man has no clue. Period. Full Stop. Pathetic.

    Just in case this is still not clear to the guy who was smoking a doobie when they taught US government in his high school, the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives COULD NOT pass a law without the agreement of the Republican-controlled Senate and the signature of the Orange Orangutan, who claims to be Republican but who is really a White Nationalist.

    And the law actually did what it was supposed to do. Until HHS, no doubt at the direction of the Orange Orangutan, changed the rules in April, 2019. The bill was passed by both Houses of Congress and signed by the President in December, 2018, and the rules put in place by the law were changed by HHS in April, 2019. HHS unilaterally changed the effect of the law to make it harder. Then, as FM so clearly points out, they changed the rule back to where the rules were compliant with the law passed in December, 2018.

    I'm certain that Rats Ass Man will freak, and blame somebody for his pathetic ignorance other than himself, and will make shit up, but FM is right, and Rats Ass Man is pathetic.
  • As @SaremChuuk said: "In the (1)fall of 2018, the Democratically controlled House of Representatives passed a bill allowing citizens of the FAS to obtain REAL ID licenses based on a passport and a valid I-94, or whatever that document is. (2)In December, 2018, the Republican-controlled Senate (unanimously I believe) passed the House bill without amendment and sent it to the President for his signature. The Orange Orangutan, who would sign a sheet of toilet paper if put in front of him, signed the bill into law in December, 2018. That should have been the end of it."

    (1)As this SaremChuuk chuuk said its facts and the facts are this law came into being because The House which is controlled by Democrats passed this law. (2) The Senate passed this law without amendments meaning the law the Democrats passed was passed by the Senate without changes.

    What we get is what the Democrats passed. The president does not make laws he enforces them. He is enforcing a law which Democrats themselves passed. We would never see have seen this without Democrats passing this. They are blaming Trump for enforcing a law the Democrat themselves passed all on the urging of the senator's and legislators of Guam and Hawaii. 2 places that hate COFA nations citizens and want to make it hard for micros.

    This law was meant to make it hard for us to get IDs. Advocated and urged to be passed by Democrats who hate micronesians in Guam and Hawaii.

    Point made.
  • Idiot. Pathetic idiot. Can't argue sense with someone who ain't got none.
  • @SaremChuuk, you are right. Liberals have no sense.

    You are chief among them with no sense. Didn't you said Collison was true?

    Hahahaha

  • lol @ "Collison was true?"

    What the hell is "Collison?"
  • "Collison": Son of a cauliflower; Male pup of a collie.

    And no, Rats Ass Man, I never said, in here, or anywhere else for that matter, that collusion was true, or even something investigated by Mueller. As I recall, you pathetic idiot, what I said was that Mueller did not investigate collusion because collusion is not a crime, and Mueller was only investigating crimes.

    I also said, as I recall, that Mueller did investigate whether there was sufficient evidence to charge individuals with a conspiracy to defraud the US, which is most surely a crime. And Mueller also said that despite his investigation, and because of LYING by almost everyone involved, he could not prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, the standard that he was bound to, that a conspiracy had occurred.

    Just in case you want to latch onto that, Mueller did not say that there was NO evidence with which to prove a conspiracy. Just that the evidence that he did find (see Mueller Report, Vol. I) did not rise, in his view, to the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Now, you can froth at the mouth, you son of a collie, and make shit up, like your White Nationalist leader, but you cannot show that I said collusion, or "collison" was true. That is a lie. Because you are a pathetic, idiot, liar.
  • Collusion was named in the first part of the report you moron.

    As this socialist leaning news site Vox clearly state in a bold headline.

    The Mueller report’s collusion section is much worse than you think
    https://www.vox.com/2019/4/18/18484965/mueller-report-trump-no-collusion

    As fake news CNN state in a article in 2016: Special counsel Robert Mueller and multiple congressional committees launched investigations into allegations that there was collusion between Russian operatives and Trump associates during the presidential campaign and transition
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/10/12/us/2016-presidential-election-investigation-fast-facts/index.html

    This collusion none-sense all came about from socialists and their media all because they could not and would not accept the awful truth that they lost to a man they underestimated.

  • You and your butt pirate comrade factsmatter told us in this forum that collusion was real and that Mueller was investigating it. You two butt pirates listed all the indictments from Mueller as facts that collusion took place. As it turned out according to Mueller no Americans were charged of the collusion conspiracy.

    You two had as believe the narrative that Democrats and socialists were claiming were true. It turned out to be entirely false.

    Everything you two priates of the butt sea said is false. Why should we trust you 2? No more credibility just wounded pride. You 2 have no truth in in you. Just dellusion.

    Point made!
  • And you are a pathetic lying loser idiot. Point made.
  • Who was it that was foaming at the mouth the last 3 years ranting about the sky is falling because of collusion between Trump and Russia?

    Who was it that kept telling us collusion was real and it was the reason Trump was elected?

    Who was it?

    Oh yeah it was you and factsmatter. And your butt pirate groupies (Redsnappper-VisaFree-Err).

    You 5 morons who clearly have trump derangement syndrome kept on telling us it was all true. You 5 morons were repeating the same lie that Democrat Rep Adam Schiff lied to us about too.

    March 03, 2019 - 11:26 AM EST
    Schiff claims there's already 'direct evidence' of collusion by Trump campaign

    https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/432371-schiff-cites-2016-trump-tower-meeting-as-direct-evidence-of

    This was months after Mueller finished his investigation and months before he testified. In between you 5 pirates of butt diving lake were foaming at the mouth.

    Kept saying he Muellers indictments were sure evidences of collusion. It turned out the indictments were not related to collusion.

    it all turned out to be fake news. Why should we trust you and your butt pirate crew anymore? What credibility you 5 butt pirates had went out the window when Mueller testified.

    Hahahahahaha

    Point made.

    Be silent and be still my friend. You are damaged good. You balance is negative in your account of truth. Negative.

    Hahaha
  • Everything you 5 morons posts and comments you make aren't to be trusted. I don't trust anything you 5 say anymore. Its 80% lies, 10 percent propaganda and 10% Trump Derangement syndrome.

    100% Bullshit!

    Hahaha

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    Hahaha
  • He does has a point. The left leaning users in here were all certain that trump and Russia were together in 2016. We read and saw what you guys said in here. And now you've all been proven to be wrong.

    Why should we trust you or anyone who said Collusion took place? What ounce or shred or credibility you had is lost. Instead of debating the case you guys who are left leaning used insults and threatened to beat up those who said you guys are wrong. Even go far as labeling those who disagree with the investigation as fascists racists.

    I saw plenty comments from you Sarem and factsmatter saying collusion happened. Saw all those pics of those indicted and stories linking Trump to putin. Even saying Trump is controlled by putin by all you left siders in here.

    Instead of admitting you and your information were wrong you guys keep churning it out and repeating this lie.

    Is it that hard to admit you were wrong?
  • "I saw plenty comments from you Sarem and factsmatter saying collusion happened."

    Link to one. Just one. Otherwise, just bullshit.
  • edited September 10
    Amazingly somehow all the comments sarem had to say about the investigation and how it was all true all all gone and replaced with some other nonsense out not related to the discussions he edited his comments.

    Editing her comments and erasing everything he had to say about the investigation or the SDNY case or the stormy Daniels discussions.

    You can edit all you want but we remember your bullshits.

    Can't even stand by what she says that she edited her comments. All the discussions she started that were related to the witch hunt and all comments she made asserting that collusion took place have all mysteriously been deleted and edited.

    She learn something from the loser Hillary.

    Hahaha
  • What do you know, orange fuck face introduces fake weather map. Cries all day about fake news, then produced fake weather map.

    Limited cognitive ability and general dubious nature. Hahahaha hahahahah
  • Trump Signs Executive Order Giving Him Control of Weather
    By Andy Borowitz

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what some congressional Democrats are calling a flagrant example of Presidential overreach, Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order giving him total control of the weather.

    Under the terms of the order, Trump would assume the unilateral power to create all meteorological conditions, including but not limited to hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, hail, sleet, and wintry mix.

    After signing the order, a beaming Trump pronounced “total victory” over the weather, which he called “the enemy of the people.”

    “I have been treated very unfairly by the weather,” Trump said. “The weather is a horrible person.”

    On Fox News, Sean Hannity praised Trump’s decision to seize control of the weather and compared it favorably to former President Barack Obama’s weather policy, which he called “a trainwreck.”

    “Obama just let the weather run wild,” Hannity said.

    Although Trump’s executive order is certain to face legal challenges, White House sources indicated that the President was ready to press forward with an additional order giving him dominion over all living things, the planets, and the stars.


    Andy Borowitz is a Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes The Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news.
  • edited September 10
    It would be nice to cite the sources of you fake news stories @FactsMatter. I'll help you. Its the New Yorker. A liberal satirical magazine.

    Satrical. Jokes. Comedy.

    Trump Signs Executive Order Giving Him Control of Weather
    Borowitz is a Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes The Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news.
    https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-signs-executive-order-giving-him-control-of-weather

    What a moron. Using satrical papers as real news.

    What a idiot.

    Hahaha
  • Glad you enjoyed the satire, my friend! The truth will set you free.
  • So here is some more satire for you. image
  • And more, since you like it so much. lol image
  • You thought it was real. You actually thought this was real. You actually thought he signed a executive order giving him control of the weather.

    You actually thought it was real. My God. You actually thought it was real. Unbelievable.

    You took a satrical piece and thought it was real.

    Hahahaha


    The fake news is so fake you are relying on satrical magazines for you daily dose of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    Haha
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