Overwhelming Public Support for the Matricula Consular

The U.S. Department of Treasury learned that 76 percent of those who submitted comments on the matrícula consular issue approve of this form of identification for Mexican immigrants. Recently a group of anti-immigrant members of Congress pressured the Treasury Department to reopen the issue of whether the Mexican consular ID cards are valid for financial transactions.

Last month the Treasury Department responded to the request and asked for additional public comments on the final rule. The public response was overwhelming supportive of this form of identification.

After the passage of the Patriot Act, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued a report that ruled that the matrícula consular is a valid form of identification for Mexican nationals. In light of this decision, sixty-six banks across the country -including Citibank, Bank of America, and the Wells Fargo Bank-accept the card, providing Mexican nationals with the means to open bank accounts.

"LULAC was very pleased to learn that so many people support this vital form of identification. Without the matrícula consular immigrants are unable to open bank accounts and manage their money," said LULAC National President Hector Flores. "We hope this will put an end to those who question the value of this measure once and for all," added Flores. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.