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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Matrícula Consular

The Matrícula Consular, an identification card issued by Mexican consulates in the U.S. to Mexican citizens regardless of immigration status, is being criticized for the risks it poses to national security:

Disappointingly, elected officials from both parties are seeking to expand the acceptance of the Matricula Consular. One obvious reason is that Mexican citizens working in the U.S. transfer an estimated $12 to 13 billion annually back to their home nation. They also open bank accounts here to facilitate these transfers.

The problem, however, is that they are easy to forge and can be obtained with minimum scrutiny.

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