It has been reported that the City of Holland, Michigan is the latest
jurisdiction to have rejected demands by the Mexican government that the
matricula consular card be accepted for identification purposes. A
factor in the decision to reject the card appears to be a letter from
FAIR submitted to the City Council and City Attorney prior to their
decision. FAIR's arguments that acceptance of the card as a stand-alone
document is illegal, unconstitutional, and subjects local government
officials and employees to personal criminal and civil liability appear
to have had a sobering effect in other jurisdictions as well.
I've attached the text of our comments for your subscribers who share
our concerns about the threat that the actions of the Mexican government
poses to the the rule of law in this country. As we expect the matricula
controversy to become the subject of litigation, comments or critiques
of FAIR's analysis from your professional readership would be welcomed.
Michael M. Hethmon, Staff Attorney
The Federation for American Immigration Reform
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