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MEXICO: Mexican "Consular cards"

From Mexico, Raul Escalante writes: "This is hilarious! Illegal alien ID indeed!!! I suppose that bearing a Mexican Passport instead of the cheaper Matrícula Consular makes me some sort of premium illegal alien whenever I'm in the US. Talk about oversimplification and manipulation of public opinion.! I'd very much appreciate some sort of explanation about how "the Consular cards are an attempt to legalize the illegal aliens through the back door".

RH: Unfortunately it is not hilarious. There are well-documented cases of these consular cards being issued to criminals whom US law would exclude. There is a move in the Senate to make them illegal. The US could not prevent US consulates from issuing them, but it could ban their being used for identification purposes by US officials and businesses.

Ronald Hilton - 2/1/03