Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Mexican ID card ignites controversy in U.S.
Immigration opponents Tuesday blasted a popular
ID card as unsafe and threatened legal action against banks
and other public institutions that accepted the document as proof
of identity. -- Immigration opponents charged at a news conference
that the card was a backhanded way for Mexico to secure quasi-legal
status for the 3 million to 5 million immigrants illegally residing
in the United States. -- The so-called Matricula Consular, a
wallet-sized ID card, is increasingly accepted in the United
States by everything from hospitals to banks.
Slam Sham Mexican ID Card
Lawmakers and immigration reform groups
blasted the Bush
administration Tuesday for quietly allowing Mexico to distribute
thousands of identification cards to Mexican nationals to help
them reap the benefits offered in the United States. -- Matricula
consular cards are being doled out by the Mexican government
at $25 a pop and are good for five years. All a Mexican national
needs is a birth certificate and a photo ID issued either in
the United States or Mexico, and he or she can use the card to
obtain social services in the United States...
|San Diego Union-Tribune
colonization panel starts with sputter
Salinas, Calif. -- Members of an advisory
council of immigrants recently formed by Mexico arrived for their
first meeting ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
But they quickly discovered they lacked the basics to get started,
such as operating funds or even a way to communicate among themselves.
-- Their greatest frustration, however, was finding that President Vicente
Fox's administration, which created the council, to advise
it on issues of importance to immigrants, was not ready to make
the panel official.
wants to give Colo. driver's licenses to invaders
State Sen. Ron
Tupa introduced a bill Monday that would allow the Colorado
Department of Revenue to issue driver's licenses to foreign nationals
- even if they cannot prove that they are in the United States
legally. -- The Boulder Democrat's bill instructs the revenue
department to use identification numbers issued by foreign consulates
in lieu of Social Security numbers on state licenses.
Taxpayers Subsidize Mexico's Theft of Water
Nearly 2,000 federal aid checks totaling
$10 million are being mailed this week to south Texas farmers
affected by Mexico's failure to release irrigation water into
the Rio Grande, a state agricultural official said Tuesday. --
The 1,862 checks are for losses suffered in 2001 because of a
lack of sufficient irrigation water due to Mexico's non-compliance
with a 1944 U.S.-Mexico Water Treaty that regulates flows in
the river, state Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs said.
for nothing (over my dead body)!
Mexicans are very fortunate people. Rather
than using our generosity as a bargaining chip to better protect
our national interest, or to encourage them to be more cooperative,
we keep giving them something for nothing, just because, I suppose,
it makes some bleeding heart liberals feel good. They collect
everything that we bestow on them, with not as much gratitude
as a simple "Thank you", and they keep demanding more.
to Put Mexico First, With No U.S. in the Way
U.S. out of Mexico! -- This is, in so
many words, the cry rising in this country's Congress, where
some are trying to change the nation's official name. That name
is the United Mexican States. They prefer plain old Mexico. ---
Mr. Burgoa, the constitutional scholar, said the idea's time
had come. -- "We are subordinated economically, politically
and socially to the gringos,"
he said. "Nevertheless, the name must change. Legally, by
definition, it is the wrong name."
legislator vows to fight proposed 'English only' law
A state lawmaker Monday told members
of the Governor's Advisory Council on Latin American and Hispanic
Affairs he will make every effort to thwart "English-only"
legislation. -- Rep. Al Lindley, D-Oklahoma City, said House
Bill 1020, introduced by Rep. Ron Kirby, D- Lawton, will likely
go to the House Rules Committee. Lindley and Kirby serve on the
committee. -- "I'm disheartened that this would come up
again," said Lindley, whose district has a large population
of Spanish- and Vietnamese-speaking residents. -- Members of
spoke out against the legislation.
|Cox News Service
Administration Buys Ads Aimed at Hispanics
The Bush administration is spending $800,000
on an ad campaign to urge eligible Hispanic immigrants to sign
up for a soon-to-expire legalization program. -- Michael Garcia,
acting commissioner of the INS said Monday that his agency is
buying radio and TV spots as well as street signs in Spanish
to encourage more participants. -- The program is "not a
general amnesty," Garcia told a news conference. -- An estimated
200,000 illegal residents...
Times (Free Registration)
state melts down, illegals get free health care in bay area
...The Healthy Kids Initiative, funded
partially by the Proposition 10 tobacco tax, will provide comprehensive
medical, dental and vision services for the area's 31,000 uninsured
children who do not qualify for the Medi-Cal or Healthy Families
programs. The initiative will also cover children who are undocumented
immigrants. --- "What we're talking about today is giving
these children a huge leg up in terms of succeeding in life,"
said Rob Reiner...
makes Slick Willie look like an amateur
As the nation prepares for Tuesday's
State Of The Union address, the president is making ready for
another sales pitch for his war on Iraq. --- President Bush will
not, or if he does it will only be in passing, mention the paramount
issue of protecting the borders of the United States. Even after
illegal aliens changed history forever by attacking the United
States on September 11th 2001 the Bush administration simply
refuses to police the borders. Instead it has opted for creating
a police state.
Press / KING-TV (Free Registration)
adopts 'don't ask' police policy on immigration
A newly adopted Seattle ordinance bars
police from asking about the immigration status of people with
whom they come in contact. -- The City Council voted unanimously
Monday to adopt the measure, which strengthens policies that
have been in place for more than a decade. -- The ordinance directs
that no municipal employee shall "engage in activities designed
to ascertain the immigration status of any person," but
there are two exceptions....
Sham ID advances Mexico's immigration agenda
"How do you eat an elephant? One
bite at a time." -- These are the words of a top official
in Mexico's foreign ministry, describing his government's piecemeal
approach to securing an amnesty for the 3 to 5 million Mexican
illegal aliens in the United States, a strategy adopted in the
wake of the new security environment in the U.S. after 9/11.
The foremost tool in this strategy is the "matricula
consular," or consular registration card, that Mexico
hopes will be accepted by governments and businesses across the
health care is so costly
While Americans without health insurance
struggle with the problem of how to pay for medical care, Mexicans
don't have that problem. They just ride in a Mexican ambulance
across the border to a hospital in Arizona, New Mexico, California
or Texas, and get free medical treatment. -- The costs are currently
paid by a combination of socking the taxpayers in those four
border states plus inflating prices for patients who pay their
own bills, insurance companies and Medicaid. This ridiculous
situation is caused by a combination of U.S. officials allowing
the Mexican cars to cross our border...
from a Reader
does B of A accept sham Mexican IDs from scofflaws?
...Southern California in particular
has become a Mecca for Mexican and other alien criminals, who
made up 23 percent of County inmates in 2000, the last year for
which there are statistics. That percentage has doubled over
the last decade, costing county taxpayers more than $150 million
annually. -- However unintentional B of A's reason(s) for accepting
the "Matricula Consular" may have been, there's no getting away from the reality
that your bank is aiding and abetting a very serious domestic
Lobbies on Behalf of Hispanics in High Finance
...While traditional Hispanic advocacy
groups such as the National
Council of La Raza, the National Association of Latino Elected
and Appointed Officials, and the Mexican
American Legal Defense and Education Fund focus on civil
rights, the New America Alliance is pushing to get Latinos in
positions of power in the capital markets -- at groups that invest,
regulate the markets and are in top corporate positions. -- Even
the alliance's philanthropy has a business focus.
Post - Canada
sees more Mexicans moving to Canada
Vicente Fox hopes that as many as 125,000
Mexicans each year will be able to immigrate to Canada in future,
or half of the annual immigration target. -- "Mexico would
gladly like to supply Canada with up to half of that [250K annual
target]. Very gladly," he said in an exclusive interview
with the Financial Post during his attendance at the World Economic
Forum. "I was not aware that Canada is bringing in that
many immigrants a year. I will take the immigration issue up.
It's very, very interesting."
|From a Border
Patrol Agent in Imperial Co., Calif.
Made in BP Operations
This was written a year ago. The only thing
that has changed as far as I know is the two El Centro checkpoints
have been re-opened and staffed by the Indio, CA agents....
Post- January 28, 2003
claims bogus Mexican IDs are "a boost for security"
The inability of the U.S. and Mexican
governments to make substantive progress on immigration issues
has intensified the conflicted feelings Americans have about
And -- For too long, a U.S. policy based on denial and political
expediency has kept Mexican workers in the shadows. The
matricula consular is one way of bringing this population
into the light. The cards are a first step toward dealing openly
with complex migration problems that demand sensible measures
to acknowledge realities rather than ignore them. [Send
a letter to the editor]
foes, lawmakers fight official use of sham IDs
U.S. lawmakers and advocates of stricter
immigration enforcement want to make it illegal for government
agencies to accept the Mexican
ID card, a document that has allowed thousands of illegal
immigrants gain access to banking and other mainstream activities.
-- A report to be released today criticizes the Mexican government
for promoting the card, saying, "Mexico decided to try to
turn the matricula consular into a vehicle to achieve quasi-legal
status for its undocumented population."