ATLANTA BANS USE OF MATRICULA CONSULAR CARDSThe Atlanta City Council voted on April 16 to repeal a 2004 city ordinance allowing the use of Mexico’s Matricula Consular cards to be used for official government transactions. The vote came after a complaint was filed with the Georgia Immigration Enforcement and Review Board, claiming that recognizing the ID, which is often used by illegal immigrants, violates the state’s anti-illegal immigration legislations (HB 87).
Earlier this spring, North Carolina passed HB 33 tried to pass bill banning matricula consular cards from being accepted by any state agency, including by police and schools, because they are not verifiable and easily fake. Rep. George Cleveland (R-Onslow) argued against the card: “The Matricula Consular is in reality not worth the paper or plastic it’s made out of,” and that the cards were produced by the Mexican government as “a way to legitimatize their nationals living north of the border.” The bill is now stalled in the state Senate.
Many patriots across the country worry the cards will lead to illegal immigrants voting in elections because – at least in North Carolina and some other states where it is recognized – they allow illegal immigrants to obtain official U.S. identification such as driver’s licenses. It’s also worth noting that our President and Congress ORDERED American banks to accept these Mexican-issued cards in even though Mexican banks DO NOT and that our banks’ acceptance of the consular IDs contributed to a large but often overlooked part of the mortgage meltdown.