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"Mexico opens California office to provide ID for illegals

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"Mexican consulate moves illegal immigant ID card handout

By: Sara A. Carter
National Security Correspondent
06/03/10 12:37 PM EDT

Source Washington Examiner 

"Mexican government officials have moved their satellite consular office from the Catalina Island Country Club to a Catholic Church – citing protection under the Vienna Convention - after it was discovered that they did not have the appropriate paperwork to issue the island’s illegal immigrants identification cards.

Since The Washington Examiner reported that the management of the club, on the island of Catalina, discovered that the event was not a multi-cultural celebration as they had been told and refused to allow the Mexican government to set up shop.

The Mexican officials will provide "matricular" card services to Mexican nationals at St. Catherine’s Church, on the island.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican whose district includes Catalina Island, is heading to the island by helicopter today to confront the officials.

“If the Catholic Church insists on preventing immigration law from being enforced, then they should step up and pay the bill. Let the Catholic Church open up its schools for free and use their vast resources to pay for the benefits of illegals if they feel it’s such a moral issue,” Rep. Rohrabacher told The Examiner. “I don’t exactly see Cardinal Mahoney announcing the sale of catholic church property to pay the bills for illegal immigration. This holier than thou hypocrisy has got to stop.”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Mexican-consulate-moves-illegal-immigant-ID-card-handout--95522664.html

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"Mexico opens California office to provide ID for illegals

By: Sara A. Carter
National Security Correspondent
June 3, 2010

Source Washington Examiner 

"The Mexican government is opening a satellite consular office on Catalina Island -- a small resort off the California coast with a history of drug smuggling and human trafficking -- to provide the island's illegal Mexican immigrants with identification cards, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The Mexican consular office in Los Angeles issued a flier, a copy of which was obtained by The Examiner, listing the Catalina Island Country Club as the location of its satellite office. It invites Mexicans to visit the office to obtain the identification, called matricular cards, by appointment.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican whose district includes Catalina Island, said handing out matricular cards will exacerbate an already dangerous situation.

"Handing out matricular cards to Mexicans who are not in this country legally is wrong no matter where it's done," he said. "But on Catalina it will do more damage. It's a small island but there's evidence it's being used as a portal for illegals to access mainland California."

Rohrabacher added, "If there were a large number of Americans illegally in Mexico and the U.S. consulate was making it easier for them to stay, Mexico would never permit it."

Mexican officials with the consular office in Los Angeles could not be reached immediately for comment. The matricular consular identification card, is issued by the Mexican government to Mexican nationals residing outside the country, regardless of immigration status. The purpose is to provide identification for opening bank accounts and obtaining other services. But the cards are usually used to skirt U.S. immigration laws, since Mexicans in the country legally have documents proving that status, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

In 2004 testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI officials called the card an unreliable form of identification. The agency said that Mexico lacks a centralized database for them, which could lead to forgery, duplication, and other forms of abuse.

Officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said their agency was asked by Mexican officials not to enforce U.S. immigration laws on the island while the cards were being issued.

"It amazes me every time that the Mexican government has the gall to tell us what to do," said an ICE official, who asked not to be named. "More surprisingly is how many times we stand by and let them. This is just an example of one of hundreds of requests we've had to deal with."

In April, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies seized a boat carrying large quantities of marijuana and detained three Mexican nationals who said they were being smuggled into the United States.

The island has a sizable Mexican migrant population. Most are undocumented low-income workers."

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Mexico-opens-California-office-to-provide-ID-for-illegals-95434969.html

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Comments

1.
sully16Comment by sully16 - June 3, 2010, 4:53 pm
wow, really sounds like Mexico is trying to overtake our country with the help of our government.
2.
time*treatComment by time*treat - June 3, 2010, 5:19 pm
If Americans tried this in Mexico, they'd get a zapato in their rear-ends.
3.
konaneComment by konane - June 3, 2010, 5:26 pm
Thanks Sully! Makes one wonder what was discussed at the recent state dinner during the early oil spill crisis.
4.
konaneComment by konane - June 3, 2010, 5:27 pm
Thanks Time*treat! If Americans tried this in any other country they'd never get out of that country's jail.
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stephiComment by stephi - June 3, 2010, 8:51 pm
It is a good thing. We are united as one--Mexico, Canada & USA as the North American Union. I am eagerly awaiting the totally integrated Global Government in its final stage & 2012 can not come soon enough.
6.
konaneComment by konane - June 3, 2010, 9:13 pm
Thanks Stephi! I trust your comment was sarcastic .... at least I hope so. We are united by NAFTA TRADE treaty but we are still a sovereign nation.
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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - June 4, 2010, 12:01 am
I hope this issue doesn't explode in my area this summer when the high tempertures push up the tensions.
8.
konaneComment by konane - June 4, 2010, 9:36 am
Thanks TigerAngel! I hope it can be handled peacefully everywhere, and people can abide by laws already in place.
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Comment by crow - June 4, 2010, 2:04 pm
I hope all these weak azz whimpering sissy liberals get use to speaking spanish soon...I mean its what these types deserve for not having any backbone...somehow these idiots forgot about all the previous generations that shaped this country...that they are soooo eagerly willing to give away because of self-imposed guilt...

,where is "JOHN WAYNE" when ya need him .. !!!
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konaneComment by konane - June 4, 2010, 2:33 pm
Thanks Crow! Been wondering the same thing myself, but I think we collectively are the only heroes in town now and we have to vote and change things all by ourselves. Look at where we are for placing blind trust in Washington.

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