The Washington Examiner is reporting that Mexico has the audacity to actually help Mexican nationals commit crimes within U.S. borders.
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
There are things more troubling that just the fact that Mexico has the gall to do this. California.. is letting them and the federal government isn’t showing any interest in stopping it. This is obvious and intentional subversion of federal law by a foreign government. Not only is the government not effectively enforcing our immigration policy, they are complicit in the breaking of those laws.
To be fair, the IDs being handed out are Matricular cards or Matricula Consular. These cards are not passports, or other internationally acceptable travel documents. But, in the U.S. they are being accepted as legal forms of identification. The major use for these I.D.s – to send money back to Mexico. This is obviously the motivation for Mexico to take this international risk. More than $18 Billion is wired back to Mexico annually according to the FDIC. Imagine what that money could do in the U.S. economy.
Due to the lobbying efforts by the Mexican government’s foreign Consular agents since March 2002, several U.S. states, municipalities, and businesses have been accepting the Matricula Consular as an official form of identification.
A Republican representative in the district that includes Catalina island, Rep. Rohrabacher, said, “handing out matricular cards will exacerbate an already dangerous situation.. 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.”
The FBI has even stated that the Mexican government does not manage the I.D.s well which leads to forgery and duplication. I wonder if any foreign terrorists might also like a Matricular ID so that they can get money to/from their organizations with no track back to their true identity.
Many might argue that this is just the normal course of business for a foreign consulate. Well then, why did they move it into a church so that they could invoke international law protections?
Mexican government officials have moved their satellite consular office from the Catalina Island Country Club to a Catholic Church – citing protection under the Geneva Convention.
A foreign government is helping those in the country illegally so that they can continue to funnel money out of the U.S. and our government isn’t doing anything to stop it.