Feb. 5, 2003
Last year's failed attempt to get Congress to grant amnesty to
millions of illegal aliens has morphed into stealth amnesty. This
devious plan is hidden behind a little card that looks like a
California driver's license and goes by a strange foreign name:
Mexican President Vicente Fox has instructed his 47 consulates in
the United States to issue these identification cards to Mexicans
living illegally in this country, and they are lining up by the
thousands to pay $29 to get one. More than a million were issued in
2002, and over a million older matriculas issued prior to 9/11 are
still in circulation.
Since no one except an illegal alien would want or need a
matricula consular, there must be some reason other than identification
for the Mexicans' eagerness to acquire them. Indeed, there is.
The matricula consular is a let's-pretend I.D. designed to be used
to access U.S. privileges and benefits to which aliens are not
entitled. It's Vicente Fox's plan to circumvent U.S. federal
immigration laws by lobbying state and local authorities to grant
amnesty in incremental steps.
Simultaneously with the issuing of the matricula consular, Mexican
consuls have been aggressively lobbying state and local governments and
institutions to accept the card as though it were an American-issued
I.D. As a result, 13 states are now accepting matriculas for the
purpose of giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens.
Once an illegal alien gets a driver's license, he no longer needs
his matricula consular. Eighteen of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 carried a
driver's license, presumably the key to boarding the killer planes.
Starting with Wells Fargo and Bank of America, 74 banks now accept
matriculas for the purpose of opening a bank account. No doubt the
banks are eyeing the profits from remittance fees on the $9.5 billion a
year that Mexicans who are employed in the United States send back to
Mexico each year.
According to shocking information discovered this week by the
Center for Immigration Studies, the U.S. Treasury Department winked at
this practice in a sly footnote to its report to Congress (10-22-02) on
implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act (which was supposed to guard
against identity fraud). Footnote #17 stated, "The proposed
regulations do not discourage bank acceptance of the `matricula
consular' identity card that is being issued by the Mexican government
At least 800 police departments or cities from Los Angeles to
Houston to Georgia to Chicago are now accepting the matricula consular.
The card can serve to conceal criminal activity because it makes the
police less likely to run background checks, take fingerprints, deport,
or search for fraudulent documents.
In her first newsworthy action since becoming House Minority
Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) got the federal building in San Francisco
to accept the matricula consular as valid identification to enter the
building for purposes formerly reserved to people carrying American-
issued I.D. But within a week, on January 21, the General Services
Administration (GSA) suspended recognition of matriculas pending an
A dozen House members sent a letter to Secretary of State Colin
Powell on January 7 stating that the matriculas are issued by the
governments of Mexico, and some other Latin American countries for "the
express purpose of evading U.S. law." Their letter also charges that
"the active lobbying of local and state governments by consuls of
foreign countries is a breach of international protocol."
Colorado Governor Bill Owens sent a letter to the Mexican
Consulate General asking the Mexican lobbyists to register as foreign
agents. After all, U.S. citizens who lobby for a foreign government
are required to register.
The U.S. institutions that accept the matricula consular do so on
the assumption that it really does identify the bearer, but there is no
assurance of that. The consulates don't authenticate the documents
presented by the Mexicans, don't do background checks, and have no
database network to reject duplicate matriculas to the same person.
The matricula consular facilitates illegal entry and residence in
the United States and serves as a coverup for this and other crimes.
It is a federal crime under Section 274 of the Immigration and
Nationality Act to encourage an illegal alien to remain illegally in
the United States.
If our immigration authorities want to locate illegal aliens in
the United States, all they have to do is drive a bus up to the lines
of people standing outside of the Mexican consulates.
A backlash has set in against this racket of pretending that the
matricula consular is a lottery ticket redeemable in benefits available
to U.S. citizens. New York City, New York State, and some cities in
Michigan, Florida and Arizona have voted not to honor the card.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) will introduce legislation this week to
deal with the fast growing deceptions caused by use of the matricula
Phyllis Schlafly column 2-05-03