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Wednesday, January 22, 2003
12:57 PM

Mexican ID card update... From the Washington Times, GSA bars Mexican ID cards

The General Services Administration has suspended recognition of identification cards issued by the Mexican government to its nationals in this country, pending an investigation by the State Department, GSA and other federal agencies.

The "matricula consular cards," used by Mexican nationals to obtain social services and establish bank accounts and used as legal identification for those who have been detained by police, have been issued to hundreds of thousands of Mexican nationals in the United States, including those here illegally. "The matter of foreign consular identification cards is under discussion both within the State Department and among federal government agencies, including the General Services Administration," the GSA said in a statement made public yesterday...

Some illegal aliens arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol have been found to have multiple cards — each containing the cardholder's picture, but with other names and personal data....

The GSA suspension means the cards will no longer be accepted for identification purposes at federal facilities, including the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, endorsed a four-month pilot program last month authorizing acceptance of the cards as legitimate forms of identification.

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