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Howdy Doody ID Card Accepted Here
by Bobby Eberle, GOPUSA.com
18 January 2003
Accepting the new ID card
for immigrants, known as the Matricula Consular card, will not
help us in the battle against terrorism, but will rather make
it easier for terrorists to enter the country.
Just when you thought we were making strides in homeland security comes another frightening reminder of how little seriousness is being placed on monitoring those who enter our borders. Introducing the Howdy Doody ID card -- also known as the Matricula Consular card.
The Matricula Consular
(MC) card is not new, but it's gaining increased recognition as more and
more politicians and citizens recognize how the MC card could be used
by illegal aliens and potential terrorists to gain entry into America.
The MC card is essentially an identification card which is issued
Mexicans who are
legally in the U.S. have no need for an MC card because they already possess
appropriate identifying documents such as a passport or green card. It
is the illegal aliens who are eagerly waiting for their own MC card. As
more and more businesses and institutions accept the MC card as
The MC card does not give the bearer any legal status in the U.S. It is simply an ID card. It carries about as much weight as an ID card to the Howdy Doody Fan Club. Perhaps if I put my picture on my Blockbuster card, I could get into FBI headquarters.
According to the
Consulate of Mexico in Boston, one of the requirements to get an MC card
is to present a valid Mexican birth certificate. Give me $25, and I'll
get you a "valid" Mexican birth certificate too. That and a
U.S. mailing address are all you need. There are no background checks
of any kind involved
If businesses accept
the MC card over other forms of valid identification (identification having
more requirements) and it is easy to obtain, then we are essentially granting
illegal aliens a "legal" status in the U.S. by allowing them
to conduct transactions, purchase goods, or whatever else would take place
Rather than closing
loopholes and cracking down on ways for terrorists to enter the country,
we are now making it easier through the increased acceptance of the MC
card. Now, individuals possessing an MC card can enter and conduct business
in federal buildings. We are rolling out the red carpet and inviting the
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently issued a statement praising the fact that individuals who carry the MC card will now have access to the Phillip Burton Federal Building and United States Courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco.
These buildings are headquarters for FBI offices as well as other agencies which may be tempting targets for terrorists. In addition, by accepting the MC card, we are sending the wrong message to illegal aliens. As Americans we should welcome immigrants with open arms, and we do... as long as they enter our country legally. The MC card is but another disincentive to curbing the flood of illegal aliens.
In responding to Rep. Pelosi's statements, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), a leading advocate in the fight against illegal immigration, is quoted in the Washington Times as saying, "There is no one in the United States of America that needs a [Mexican-issued] ID card other than someone who is here illegally or someone here who is a felon."
The MC card is
currently not recognized by the federal government. However, some local
governments have elected to accept the MC card as a valid form of identification.
This will certainly lead to problems under the "equal protection
clause" of the U.S. Constitution which requires that all laws be
The greater acceptance of the MC card also sends the wrong messages to Americans. Are we serious about protecting our borders and fighting the war on terror? Are we serious in cracking down on illegal immigration? Statements by legislators such as Nancy Pelosi send the wrong message.
It's hard enough to fight a war on terror and combat illegal immigration as it is now. Let's not make it any easier.
Bobby Eberle is President and CEO of GOPUSA (www.GOPUSA.com), a news, information, and commentary company based in Houston, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Rice University.