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Mexico Office In California – Providing IDs for Illegals

June 4, 2010

Mexico opens California office to provide ID for illegals
Source: BlackListedNews

The Mexican government is opening a satellite consular office on Catalina Island — a small resort off the California coast with a history of drug smuggling and human trafficking — to provide the island’s illegal Mexican immigrants with identification cards, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The Mexican consular office in Los Angeles issued a flier, a copy of which was obtained by The Examiner, listing the Catalina Island Country Club as the location of its satellite office. It invites Mexicans to visit the office to obtain the identification, called matricular cards, by appointment.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican whose district includes Catalina Island, said handing out matricular cards will exacerbate an already dangerous situation.

“Handing out matricular cards to Mexicans who are not in this country legally is wrong no matter where it’s done,” he said. But on Catalina it will do more damage. It’s a small island but there’s evidence it’s being used as a portal for illegals to access mainland California.

Rohrabacher added, If there were a large number of Americans illegally in Mexico and the U.S. consulate was making it easier for them to stay, Mexico would never permit it.

Mexican officials with the consular office in Los Angeles could not be reached immediately for comment. The matricular consular identification card, is issued by the Mexican government to Mexican nationals residing outside the country, regardless of immigration status. The purpose is to provide identification for opening bank accounts and obtaining other services. But the cards are usually used to skirt U.S. immigration laws, since Mexicans in the country legally have documents proving that status, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

In 2004 testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI officials called the card an unreliable form of identification. The agency said that Mexico lacks a centralized database for them, which could lead to forgery, duplication, and other forms of abuse.

Officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said their agency was asked by Mexican officials not to enforce U.S. immigration laws on the island while the cards were being issued.

It amazes me every time that the Mexican government has the gall to tell us what to do,” said an ICE official, who asked not to be named. More surprisingly is how many times we stand by and let them. This is just an example of one of hundreds of requests we’ve had to deal with.”

In April, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies seized a boat carrying large quantities of marijuana and detained three Mexican nationals who said they were being smuggled into the United States.

The island has a sizable Mexican migrant population. Most are undocumented low-income workers.

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  1. Sarah Baram permalink
    June 4, 2010 1:57 pm

    So, if that is true, why hasn’t anyone in the American government caught on and stopped it?
    Although I am no where near CA, and won’t face one of those ID’s, you can get a fake ID anywhere… It’s a daunting thought. What honestly worries me most is when illegal immigrants have cars. Ugh, it makes me cringe. I love my new car, and I would honestly cry if they touched it without insurance to cover it.
    I’m all for them becoming citizens if that is what they want. But, they’re starting to push it.

    • June 4, 2010 2:07 pm

      Why hasn’t anyone from the American government caught on and stopped it? Voting block. The liberals are all for pushing amnesty, along with some wishy-washy republicans.

      You can get a fake ID almost anywhere, but this is a station set up by a foreign government to aid it’s own citizens in breaking into our country with as little turbulence as possible. If some American walks up to someone that makes IDs and asks for one, they pay for it, whatever it is they do, but that person is still registered and documented under their legitimate identification, so any serious crime that individual might commit can be caught. When a fake ID is the only form of ID you have, it’s much more difficult to prove who that person is when their info is run through the database.

      Illegals give those who come here legitimately a bad rep, and don’t think for a minute that they’re supportive of this push for amnesty. That’s like handing out college diplomas to people who did not take the proper steps to obtain a degree. They didn’t pay tuition. They didn’t register. They didn’t work for it — yet, they get one too. Can’t go around hurting the feelings of a relatively large potential voting block.

      I fear when illegals have cars, too. It’s not unusual around here to know of illegals driving to and from work, errands, etc… They get into accidents all the time. None of them have gone through the proper steps to get a license to drive. They didn’t take the test, they didn’t practice driving, they didn’t register their cars, get proper insurance, etc… It’s insane. You know they don’t have the same kind of driving conditions there in Mexico… what I remember of Mexico, anyway.

      I am a huge fan of my car, too. In fact, I’m on my third one of the same make and model. I hate to think how it would end up if I got into an accident with an illegal who wasn’t covered… then again, my insurance is pretty good, and when I hydroplaned my first car it was determined a “no fault” accident and the entire value of the car was covered.

      But yes, the American government — especially this administration (and yes, Bush’s too) almost… encourages illegals. When local governments (like Arizona) step in to do the job our federal government has failed to do, you see the reaction. The reaction from the press, media, the president, his staff, and his supporters… they all cry racism. As if the only immigrants in America come from one isolated little country with one “kind” of person. Screw that.

      • Sarah Baram permalink
        June 4, 2010 2:27 pm

        As you know, I do hate what Brewer created in Arizona. Only because it begins to punish those who have taken the hard steps of becoming legitimate U.S. citizens, are to at least have Green Cards. A majority of my family does not have U.S. citizenship, but the ones who have obtained it, or tried… It is a long, hard process.
        I cannot even fathom understanding the whole liberal and amnesty thing. If someone from another country would like to live here, they should take the motions in doing so. I’m positive Mexico would force an American to do the same as we wish Mexicans, and other’s, would do here.
        As for driving conditions, I have heard the worst. My uncle has travelled to Mexico, Brazil, quite a few of countries that we get immigrants from. He said it’s terrifying. As someone who loves her car, but also fears for her life in it… I would probably be hysterical.

  2. June 4, 2010 2:49 pm

    Sarah, I have to say you’re wrong when you said “I do hate what Brewer created in Arizona. Only because it begins to punish those who have taken the hard steps of becoming legitimate U.S. citizens, are to at least have Green Cards” — Immigrants are required to carry ID. In fact, in most places any citizen is expected to carry ID. This isn’t Brewer’s law, by any means. The law she passed in Arizona only mirrors and actually enforces an already existing federal law. The only thing Brewer is guilty of is upholding the Constitution, enforcing laws – both state and federal, and do what she felt was necessary to protect the United States Citizens she was elected to serve. This still remains a highly popular bill – from both the left and the right. Also, the number of states that are considering following Arizona’s lead? It just speaks enough for itself that I don’t really need to validate it.

    Yes, obtaining a Green Card (I totally typed Green Day) isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, but neither is working for your college degree. Would it be right to hand out diplomas – or set up offices in order to create fraudulent degree documents so that one who isn’t college educated can obtain careers in fields that often require degrees? Those high paying, hard earned jobs? The ones that people are so passionate about that they take the time, invest the money, and become educated enough to pursue a career in that field?

    The amnesty issue has always been supported more by the liberal ideology than the conservatives. The Conservative side doesn’t see anything wrong with immigration; we just want our sovereignty to remain intact and our laws to be followed.

    Here’s a good laugh. Mexico’s STRICT and VERY ENFORCED immigration laws:

    1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.

    2. All ballots will be in this nation’s language.

    3. All government business will be conducted in our language…. See More

    4. Non-residents will NOT have the right to vote no matter how long they are here.

    5. Non-citizens will NEVER be able to hold political office.

    6. Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, or other government assistance programs. Any burden will be deported.

    7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount at least equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

    8. If foreigners come here and buy land; options will be restricted. Certain parcels including waterfront property are reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.

    9. Foreigners may have no protests; no demonstrations, no waving of a foreign flag, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies. These will lead to deportation.

    10. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted and, when caught, sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All assets will be taken from you.

  3. June 4, 2010 2:51 pm

    Oh, Sarah, I have to give you major kudos for pointing out something that most liberals choose to ignore:

    “My uncle has travelled to Mexico, Brazil, quite a few of countries that we get immigrants from. He said it’s terrifying. As someone who loves her car, but also fears for her life in it… I would probably be hysterical.”

    You understand that not every immigrant here in America is from Mexico. You’re already three steps ahead. 😉

    • Sarah Baram permalink
      June 4, 2010 4:16 pm

      Haha, as everyone should! Just from family experience, our family comes from Canada, England, Brazil… You name it, we probably have it.

  4. Linda permalink
    June 11, 2010 6:24 pm


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