...City Attorney Meg Kieran introduced Trisha Hill, an associate from the City Attorney’s office...
...Ms. Hill said the purpose of this document is to provide identification for undocumented aliens...
...For those who are here legally, they are more likely to have other documentation such as a driver’s license to serve as their primary form of identification...
City of Springfield
Council Work Session Minutes
March 22, 2004
This is one of the more interesting debates within government that I have read. While the overwhelming attitude is for the city to accept the matricual as ID
Councilor Ballew said this is not anything giving rights. It is a way for Mexican citizens to identify
themselves in our community and enables them to use banking services and do business in the
community. It is the federal government’s job to enforce immigration issues.
there is actually some dissent
Councilor Ralston said there is no guarantee this card would be given to the right person. It is
easily forged and he doesn’t know if it is very useful. If someone is here legally, they would have
a passport and a green card and would not have a need for this document. He feels this is a way
to facilitate legalizing illegal aliens. He is not supportive of doing that.
If you read through then you see that the issue was tabled until April 5th. Here are the minutes of that meeting.
Council Regular Meeting Minutes
April 5, 2004
IT WAS MOVED BY COUNCILOR FITCH WITH A SECOND BY COUNCILOR BALLEW
TO ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 04-11. THE MOTION PASSED WITH A VOTE OF 3 FOR
AND 2 AGAINST (RALSTON, WOODROW)
This was last year. Reading through the minutes you see that the criminal alien lobby lined up many people to speak in favor of the matricula while a lone citizen showed up to protest. If you know of a city council, school board, county commision, or any other government group that is going to get together to discuss something like this then please alert me. (through the comments if you don't know me, email if you do) I will post it and then it is up to all of us to show up with force. We have no right to complain if we are not willing to take action.
Then we must get involved at this very local level. The city councilors who were on the wrong side of this issue should be demonized and thrown out of office. The two who supported us should be supported. Rest assured that a future post will have the current status of the commissioners, neccessary contact info for these people and a possible plan of action.
(Day 3 of using this slow computer...)