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    Senior Member tiredofapathy's Avatar
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    400 apply for Mexican passports, identification at Concord High
    By Kathy Haight
    Posted: Sunday, Sep. 26, 2010

    CONCORD - About 400 Mexican nationals lined up Saturday at Concord High School to apply for Mexican passports and other forms of Mexican identification.

    The event, conducted by the Raleigh office of the Mexican Consulate, also drew about 30 peaceful protesters, including some from the immigration enforcement group NCFIRE.

    The purpose of the daylong program, said consular officials, was to take the services of the regional Raleigh office into the field to ensure Mexican citizens have proper identification from the Mexican government.

    No U.S. documents were issued Saturday. Mexican passports and government-issued picture IDs called matricula consular cards were provided to those who brought birth certificates and other proper documentation.

    "We came here because there are a lot of Mexican people who need to renew their documents," said Consul General Carlos Flores of the Raleigh office, which serves the Carolinas.

    When Mexican nationals return home, they need valid passports to get back into Mexico, Flores said. The matricula consular card serves as a second form of picture ID to be used primarily in the U.S., he said.

    "Folks who have a matricula consular card and a Mexican passport can open up bank accounts," Flores said.

    The card also provides proof of identity when enrolling children in school, applying for credit or getting an individual tax identification number from the IRS so Mexican nationals can pay U.S. income tax.

    Inside the Concord High gym, Florinda Chela, 20, of Concord said she brought her father to get his passport and consular card so he could use them for identification and on trips to Mexico. Adriana Mercado, 18, of Charlotte brought her mother for the same reason.

    Alejandro Barrios, 39, of Concord said he was renewing his passport so he can make the trip back to his hometown of Mexico City.

    Outside the school, protester James Johnson, president of NCFIRE - short for North Carolinians for Immigration Reform and Enforcement - said he objected to the event being held on school property. He also questioned why the program was necessary.

    "If they're in the country legally to start with, they already have the proper documentation," he said.

    Concord High Principal Carla Black said the Mexican Consulate had permission from the school to hold the event.

    "Community groups may use facilities after hours if they comply with board policy," she said. "It's not a political stance that the board takes. It's a service to the community." ... _Container

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    Senior Member tiredofapathy's Avatar
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    The remarks highlighted in red last post are very important.

    Mexican government officials have clearly designated areas of now-sovereign Mexican soil within the U.S. (Mexican Consulates - 53 locations according to , and allowing them to traverse the countryside organizing and enlisting support for their activities is the epitome of stupidity.

    What's next, Ayatollahs touring the U.S. in outreach campaigns to "renew documents" for citizens of the various Muslim nations?

    The "going into the field" consular officials mentioned seems a little suspect to me to begin with.

    There is an office of the Mexican Consulate listed in Charlotte, less than 25 miles from Concord High.

    Wonder why the Consular felt he needed to organize a trip from Raleigh to meet with his "citizens" discreetly at a remote location on a one-day junket when they simply could have driven the short distance to Charlotte at their convenience during the regular work week?


    Even more troubling is a comment I noticed on a local blog stating that they were "registering people to vote". Read it for yourself at: ... passports/

    Don't know about you, but it bothers me more than a little bit that Mexican Consulate officials are registering voters. Odd that the officials interviewed seem to have left that little detail out when describing their activities. Sound like they have an agenda?


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