The U.S House of Representatives dealt a severe blow to our national security Tuesday afternoon by removing the Culberson Amendment from an $89.9 billion bill funding the Transportation and Treasury Departments. The Culberson Amendment would have forbade the Treasury Department from allowing banks to accept the Mexican matricula consular
cards as a way for illegal aliens to move freely through the American financial world.
The FBI and the Department of Justice say that the cards are not a reliable form of identification and pose "major criminal threats" and a "potential terrorist threat."
With recent news of al-Qaeda in South America
and middle eastern individuals crossing our southern border posing as Mexican citizens
, this is appalling.
In early August, the Washington Times reported that al-Qaeda is allying with Mexican organized crime groups to infiltrate the United States via Mexico.
Why would they be working with organized crime groups in Mexico? Here's a clue (Washington Times
"... an FBI official said such certificates are "easy to forge" and a "major item on the product list of fraudulent document trade currently flourishing across the country and around the world."
It seems a simple connection that if al-Qaeda is wanting to cross through the southern border the easiest way would be to work with some organized crime figures to get forged matricula consular cards to pose as Mexicans if caught.
Our House of Representatives has put our country at greater risk by doing this. For a list of how your Congressperson voted on this issue you can check here.
"They use these cards to obtain drivers licenses and, guess what, they could get on an airplane and blow it up," said Rep. Randy Cunningham, a Republican from California.
If they can use these cards for drivers licenses it's not a far leap to see the potential for voter fraud as well.
Financially the allowance of these cards will take billions out of the U.S. (Reuters)
The Inter-American Development Bank and Treasury Department have backed the matricula as a way for Mexicans to open bank accounts and send billions of dollars in remittances back to their families in Mexico.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform
notes that no one here legally would even need this card.
There’s no way around the fact that consular ID cards are only needed by people who aren’t legally in the U.S. in the first place. Indeed, relying on the Mexican matricula for identification is tantamount to admitting that the bearer is in the U.S. illegally, as no one here legally has a need for one. Every non-citizen other than an illegal alien will possess identity documents issued by the U.S. government (such as a valid visa).
The worst part in all of this is that the White House and Bush Administration were in support and even pressuring Representatives to vote to have this amendment removed.
If you would like to contact your congressperson and express your outrage, and I urge you to, you can do so here.
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