officials angry about Mexican consulate's presence at fair
ESCONDIDO ---- The presence of the Mexican Consulate at a recent public event has a City Council member and a school board president fuming that the city is promoting illegal immigration, and they are demanding to know who invited the agency.
Councilwoman Marie Waldron has called on Escondido officials to determine who invited the consulate to the city's Civic Faire, a community event held at Grant Middle School on May 21 to highlight available city and social services to the mostly Latino community along East Mission Avenue.
A mobile consulate unit set up at the fair allowed Mexican nationals to apply for an identification card known as a matricula consular. Many banks and other businesses accept the cards in lieu of a California driver's license or other identification.
Waldron's request came after Escondido Union School District President Joan Gardner addressed the entire council with her concerns last week.
Waldron said Monday that the city should cut off funding the annual event if organizers are going to allow the consulate to participate.
"Here the taxpayers of the city of Escondido are funding a foreign entity on public property," Waldron said. "I don't want to fund this again if it's going to become an avenue to assist illegal immigration."
"I think it's inappropriate for the school district to tacitly endorse lawbreaking by allowing (the consulate) to have a presence on our campus," Gardner said Monday. "We should not provide a service to lawbreakers."
Wow, public representatives who are actually representing the American public! In California no less. We have the mobile Mexican consulate come to school and county events in Oregon and DMV, DHS, Dept of Revenue, Attorney General, and the employment office join them!
Kudos to those officials who have taken a stand! How sad that I consider it "taking a stand" when all they are doing is asking government agencies to enforce the law. But living in Oregon I guess that is exceptional.
In Oregon our state government advertises the Mobile Consulate on the state web site:
Carousel of Information
As you can see the next fradulent ID fest is June 25 & 26 at the Nyssa School District.
Here is the flier for this event. Unfortunately it is in Spanish but you can see the government agencies who will be, in the words of California officials, "tacitly endorse lawbreaking" by these individuals.
Unlike Oregon, the Mexican government does not give us the courtesy of offering it's Portland Mexican Consulate web site in English but you can do a google translation.
Their website does in fact state that to get
you need the following:
Mexican birth certificate
Declaration of Mexican nationality
Mexican naturalization paper
So unless you have dual citizenship everyone who gets a consular is not a US citizen.
How sad. According to the Mexican web site the
SERVICE OF MOVABLE CONSULATE
is all booked up for the June 25 and 26th.
All booked up but we don't have a problem with illegal aliens...