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05/20/2003 Archived Entry: "Possible black market for "matricula consular"?"

YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT THE "MATRICULA CONSULAR," the ID card issued by the Mexican government to its citizens in the U.S. It's been around for 130 years without controversy. But recently, anti-immigrant and "homeland security" folks have been upset because even illegal aliens can get the card, which then enables them to better function in American society. The matricula is increasingly accepted as legitimate ID by banks, government agencies, and private businesses. Besides, it enables its holder to get back into Mexico and stay there without hassles.

Wouldn't it be funny if, after all the years of Mexicans purchasing illicit U.S. ID, a black market developed in which freedom-loving U.S. citizens obtained illicit matriculas as a means of protecting their privacy? I mean, really. Acceptible ID that doesn't immediately tie in to a host of U.S. databases -- and that grants you a quick run for the border should you ever need it. That's a pretty good thing.

You must prove you're a Mexican national to get the card. How hard is that to do? A borrowed or forged birth certificate could do the job. Reportedly, consular officials don't usually check the validity of your "proof."

Here's a site that rants (really rants) against the matricula because it's so "criminal friendly." Some links lead to useful information.

Tip (of tongue in cheek): If you do this, it might be best not to look too much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the day you show up at the consulate.

Posted by Claire @ 11:44 AM CST

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