Sunday, June 13, 2010

Obama Allows Mexican Officials To Aid Lawbreakers In U.S., Says Legal Group

by Jim Kouri
In what they characterized as “a baffling development,” a public-interest law group revealed that a major U.S. county is allowing the Mexican government to operate “a satellite consular office” to offer the area’s illegal immigrants identification cards. These cards will facilitate life in the United States, since they are accepted by many jurisdictions, with the Obama Administration turning a blind eye to a flagrant violation of law.

According to Judicial Watch, Mexican officials requested the Homeland Security agency charged with immigration enforcement not to enforce the law in the area while the cards – known as Matricula Consular – are being issued last week. One agent from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claimed to be amazed that “[T]he Mexican government has the gall to tell us what to do,” according to Judicial Watch officials.

Even more amazing is that the Obama Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano – who commands ICE – are obliging and that officials in the nation’s most populous county – Los Angeles – are even allowing it to happen. The Mexican consular office is operating on Santa Catalina Island, a small resort community located about 22 miles off the Southern California coast with a population of about 3,000. The majority of the residents on the L.A. County island are illegal immigrants from Mexico.

Many American citizens are confused over the proliferation of Mexican Matricula Consular ID cards, that are thought to be bonafide identification documents. They shouldn’t feel so bad about their confusion – it seems the US government and state and local governments share that confusion.

Several state and local government agencies and financial institutions accept consular identification or CID cards, which are issued by foreign governments to their citizens living abroad. Mexico issued more than 2.2 million Matricula CID cards last year and Guatemala issued approximately 89,000. Critics of CID cards say their acceptance facilitates the unlawful stay within the United States of undocumented aliens and may provide opportunities for terrorists to remain undetected in this country.

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