Border Security: Consular Identification Cards Accepted Within U.s., But Consistent Federal Guidance Needed

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DIANE Publishing, Nov 30, 2004 - Political Science - 51 pages
Several state & local gov't. agencies & financial institutions accept consular identification (CID) cards, which are issued by foreign gov'ts. to their citizens living abroad. Mexico issued 2+ mill. & Guatemala 89,000 from 2002-03. Critics of CID cards say their acceptance facilitates the unlawful stay within the U.S. of undocumented aliens & may provide opportunities for terrorists to remain undetected in this country. This report examines: (1) the purpose of a CID card & how Mexican & Guatemalan CID cards are being used in the U.S.; (2) steps Mexico & Guatemala have taken to verify the identifies of CID card applicants & incorporate security features in CID cards; & (3) the positions & policies of Fed. agencies regarding CID cards. Illustrations.

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