Ridge says Mexican ID cards flawed

| 9/8/2003

Businesses 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.

The 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.

Many 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.

“There 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.