and cities that accept identification cards issued by Mexico to
its citizens in the United States do so at their own risk because
the documents are not fraud-proof, Homeland Security Secretary Tom
Ridge said Sept. 3.
Mexican IDs are under review by a White House-led panel to determine
whether they pose a security risk. Known as the “matricula consular,”
the cards have been issued to Mexicans living in the United States,
including illegal immigrants.
financial institutions accept the cards for photo identification
when their holders open bank accounts. Cardholders also have used
them to get driver’s licenses, turn on utilities, check out library
books or for other basic services.
seems to be some mayors and financial institutions that are accepting
it. For the time being, they do at their peril,” Ridge said in an
interview with The Associated Press.