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Fox's image on 'card' protested - U.S. congressman opposes Mexico's identification system (Tancredo)
The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 24, 2003 | By ALFREDO CORCHADO / The Dallas Morning News

Posted on 05/24/2003 11:18:41 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP

Fox's image on 'card' protested

U.S. congressman opposes Mexico's identification system

05/24/2003

By ALFREDO CORCHADO / The Dallas Morning News

MEXICO CITY – Officials and ordinary Mexicans were sharply critical Friday of a U.S. congressman who used President Vicente Fox's image as part of a campaign against Mexico's practice of issuing identification cards for its citizens abroad.

Opponents of the cards – known as matriculas – say they contribute to illegal immigration.

On Thursday in Washington, Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, denounced the U.S. Treasury Department's recent decision to allow the use of matriculas by U.S. banks.

"Since only illegal aliens would need to carry such cards for identification purposes, or need them to open bank accounts, the regulations indicate that the Treasury Department is out of step with the American people and AWOL in the battle to stem the epidemic of illegal immigration," he said at a news conference.

Mr. Tancredo hoisted a giant mock identification card with Mr. Fox's photo and name, spelling it "Vincente" instead of Vicente and also listing an incorrect birth date. The card said, "Office for the Issuance of Illegal Alien ID."

Mr. Fox was visiting Peru on Friday and unavailable for comment, but a spokesman at the Mexican Embassy in Washington called Mr. Tancredo's comments "regrettable and reprehensible."

"If public organizations and financial institutions accept the matricula as valid identification, it is because they share our opinion that this is a secure document," the spokesman said.

Over the last year, the Mexican government, through its 47 consulates in the United States, has issued about 1 million cards. They are recognized by more than 800 law enforcement agencies, including Dallas police, along with banks and schools.

Some jurisdictions reject the ID card, though. Colorado lawmakers recently barred state and local agencies from recognizing it, and it is not recognized by New York state and city.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Tancredo, Lara Kennedy, said the congressman had used the same photo and dummy card before, at a news conference in January, and was surprised at the outcry this time.

She said the prop was intended only to illustrate the problems Mr. Tancredo sees in the use of the matriculas, not to offend anyone.

"It was in no way meant to be anti-Hispanic and in no way meant to bring up any disregard or lack of respect to the president," she said.

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, who has authored a bill that would allow banks nationwide to accept the cards for identification, criticized Mr. Tancredo's use of the poster.

"Tom was lacking statesmanship in taking the highest elected official in the nation of Mexico and trying to use him the way that he did on that poster," Mr. Hinojosa said. "He didn't apologize. Of course, he's a congressman and he can say whatever he wants to say, but that doesn't change my mind about the lack of respect."

In Mexico City, Mr. Tancredo's news conference was front-page news in Reforma, with the headline "Vincente Residente."

Victor Navarete Olivas, 27, a record vendor at a Mexico City mall, laughed at the headline and said of Mr. Tancredo's use of the poster: "It's beyond insulting and humiliating. It's hilarious and disrespectful at the same time."

Said German Contreras Reyes, 29, a cab driver: "Arrogance among Americans has no limits. ... But in the end reality is reality. The United States needs our workers so they can maintain their own standards of living, and we need them to put food on the table."

Staff writer Todd J. Gillman in Washington contributed to this report.

E-mail acorchado@dallasnews.com


Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/world/stories/052403dnintcards.621d0.html


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Mexico; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: Colorado; US: District of Columbia; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: freerepublic; immigration; matricula; matriculas; tancredo

1 posted on 05/24/2003 11:18:42 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: madfly
ping
2 posted on 05/24/2003 11:19:12 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: MeeknMing
Gotta Get tough....why is it that illegals get so mad...badda BIng - thanks for the post...
3 posted on 05/24/2003 11:23:15 AM PDT by LibertyLight (Light is always on - but there are times to turn off - BJ Clinton should put his head in a sack)
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To: MeeknMing
You don't think?

I first drew this last July!

4 posted on 05/24/2003 11:24:03 AM PDT by Fixit (http://www.comedian.blogspot.com)
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To: MeeknMing
Go Tom Go!!!
5 posted on 05/24/2003 11:27:24 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: Fixit
(Link to original posting of this image on my pitiful blog.)

And for equal time, I did this one too.

Oh, and this one.


6 posted on 05/24/2003 11:35:52 AM PDT by Fixit (http://www.comedian.blogspot.com)
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To: MeeknMing
".... The United States needs our workers so they can maintain their own standards of living, and we need them to put food on the table."

Repeat a lie long enough and people start to believe it ...

7 posted on 05/24/2003 11:37:25 AM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!!)
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To: MeeknMing
I found two articles (In Spanish) at the Mexico City Newspaper "Reforma". Links:
8 posted on 05/24/2003 11:53:40 AM PDT by Fixit (http://www.comedian.blogspot.com)
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To: Fixit
hehe! Could be!
9 posted on 05/24/2003 11:55:40 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: MeeknMing
Victor Navarete Olivas, 27, a record vendor at a Mexico City mall, laughed at the headline and said of Mr. Tancredo's use of the poster: "It's beyond insulting and humiliating. It's hilarious and disrespectful at the same time."

At least this guy is cool.

10 posted on 05/24/2003 12:00:15 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: MeeknMing
It is! Woo Hoo!

Checked the linked Mexican articles. They have a picture of my graphic!

Score another one for FR!

11 posted on 05/24/2003 12:00:29 PM PDT by Fixit (http://www.comedian.blogspot.com)
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To: Fixit
Check out this one ----very very funny:

http://www.diario.com.mx/servicios/hemeroteca/nota.asp?notaid=44832
12 posted on 05/24/2003 12:02:43 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: MeeknMing
The United States needs our workers so they can maintain their own standards of living, and we need them to put food on the table.

This cab driver fails to realize that Mexico's poor are bankrupting state economies along the border.

California is a prime example. Both Davis and Bush have promoted illegal immigration and now Davis can't hide the problem any longer and Bush refuses to enter into a dialog about the causes.

Over 40% of California's bloated budget is directed toward public education and over 40% of the students within that system are a consequence of illegal immigration. That's almost $16B annully to educate the children and grandchildren of illegal immigrants. Add in the cost of the public health net and the legal system and you're approaching nearly 40% of California's annual budget. To top it off most of the expenses are directed to children and they don't pay a dime in taxes.

13 posted on 05/24/2003 12:04:51 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: Fixit
That is so funny. Where did you have that image posted?
14 posted on 05/24/2003 12:05:18 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: Fixit
It appears that the Mexicans are reading FR and Newsmax.com. They actually bothered to translate that Newsmax "Deck of Weasels" ----it was on the front pages of the Mexican papers here.
15 posted on 05/24/2003 12:07:48 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: FITZ
The one that Congressman Tancredo used was my first generation.

I posted it on my blog (links above) and also all over FR.

I think it was also used by another freeper in an Aztlan image.

16 posted on 05/24/2003 12:08:57 PM PDT by Fixit (http://www.comedian.blogspot.com)
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To: Fixit
Alright ! Way to go !


17 posted on 05/24/2003 12:09:59 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Fixit
I wonder how they got it ---maybe they're spying on us here. Fox isn't going to be very happy with you know ---most likely he's seen the picture you did.
18 posted on 05/24/2003 12:11:18 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: yall
Well, folks. I'll be heading out for the day here shortly. Enjoy your weekend !
19 posted on 05/24/2003 12:12:00 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: MeeknMing
MeeknMing said......
"This cab driver fails to realize that Mexico's poor are bankrupting state economies along the border."

Well, I live on the border, right on the border, and in the District where Mexicans are represented (I don't think I am) by Representative Ruben Hinojosa, who was quoted in the article.

MeeknMing is entirely correct and I could write a book about it but there isn't the time nor space for it here. I will tell you this and this is but one example.

Yesterday, one of our clients came in. He has a small paint contracting business and tends to stay quite busy. He says he's laid off ALL of his people and is attempting to reposition himself as a one-man home-renovations-painter. He attributes this to the fact that ALL of his competition is hiring ONLY illegals and he can't compete with his legal labor costs.

Just remember that companies employing illegals don't worry about OSHA, workers compensation, hours of work and overtime or benefits. You can work them hard, pay them below the minimum and make them work long hours without overtime. If they don't like it, they get dumped and the next one standing on the street corner gets waved into the back of the truck.

Gotta thank good ol' Ruben for so conscientiously representing the downtrodden masses. Hey, Ruben! Don't worry about us, Primo, we're only American.
20 posted on 05/24/2003 12:27:15 PM PDT by Blue Leader
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To: MeeknMing
David Gold on KSFO 560 AM (streaming audio) is ripping up the consulata matricular card idea for the next couple of hours. Here is a link to David's http://www.goldtalk.com/website.
21 posted on 05/24/2003 2:05:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: NormsRevenge
Thanks. bttt . . .
22 posted on 05/25/2003 8:59:19 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: MeeknMing; Free the USA; Libertarianize the GOP; HiJinx; Carry_Okie; FITZ; Spiff; ...
ping

Tom Tancredo, American Statesman
Tom Tancredo
American Statesman

Go Tom, Go!

23 posted on 05/25/2003 9:39:18 AM PDT by madfly
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To: MeeknMing
She said the prop was intended only to illustrate the problems Mr. Tancredo sees in the use of the matriculas, not to offend anyone.

Who cares if Fox and his groupies are offended?

24 posted on 05/25/2003 9:42:05 AM PDT by Tancredo Fan
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To: Tancredo Fan
I wonder where Tancredo got this wicked brilliant idea. I think I know which website :) .....Often has this sham ID displayed with shifty eyed Vicente Fox's photo.
25 posted on 05/25/2003 9:51:49 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Fixit

This is a great image that bears repeating. The Inarticulate One has failed to close the borders to both islamic terrorism and "regular" third-world chaos.

26 posted on 05/25/2003 9:52:29 AM PDT by dagnabbit (Bush immigration policies will kill conservatism)
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To: MeeknMing
The United States needs our workers so they can maintain their own standards of living, and we need them to put food on the table."

Correction: Big companies want the workers, paying them slave wages, so they can make huge profits and force American taxpayers to provide medical care, schooling, welfare, food stamps, housing, etc.

Gosh, I wonder how all those jobs got done before we were invaded. As I recall, they did.

27 posted on 05/25/2003 10:19:15 AM PDT by janetgreen
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To: Fixit
Score another one for FR!

Congratulations! This is too cool. FR stuff ends up all over the place...like the "Sore-Loserman" signs that popped up everywhere in 2000 and Registered's "money" that ended up in Iraq and thus, on Fox News.

Way to go! I love it.

28 posted on 05/25/2003 10:50:25 AM PDT by Allegra (Surgeon General's Warning: Liberalism is Bad for Your Health, Brain Cells and Bank Account)
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To: MeeknMing; Tancredo Fan; madfly; Flyer; All
Yesterday, several illegals staged a protest in Houston demanding changes in the immigration laws. They were actually demanding open borders. They used the tragedy of the dead illegals in Victoria as a prop for this. These illegals had no fear of having their names and faces on TV and were spouting their nonsense right into the camera to be beamed to the entire Greater Houston area. This is a clear indication of how bad things have gotten.

I wish I had known about this protest beforehand, because I know a lot of my fellow Houston FR Chapter members would have liked to have FReeped this.

29 posted on 05/25/2003 10:56:44 AM PDT by Allegra (Surgeon General's Warning: Liberalism is Bad for Your Health, Brain Cells and Bank Account)
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To: Allegra
These illegals had no fear

One of my jobs in my youth was at a nursery farm. The illegals were always afraid of being found out. I was hired because they needed someone with a drivers license - that the illegals couldn't get then.

The fear is reversed now. If one is opposed to the invasion of our Nation you fear being labeled a racist.

30 posted on 05/25/2003 11:09:00 AM PDT by Flyer ( 1999 - 2003)
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To: MeeknMing
"Said German Contreras Reyes, 29, a cab driver: "Arrogance among Americans has no limits. ... But in the end reality is reality. The United States needs our workers so they can maintain their own standards of living, and we need them to put food on the table."

Hey cabbie... since when is it arrogant to want to preserve our nation from hordes of people with no visible means of support? The streets of LA, and the San Fernando Valley, are packed with illegals standing on the street corner looking for work. All the while their wife is at home raising a herd of kids, all supported by our tax dollars.

If it is arrogant of our nation to want to preserve our cities, our economy, our society, and our nation from 'your' invasion... then so be it! It is not my responsibility to put food on your table. I have my own family to feed. It is called responsibility; I am responsible for mine, and you are responsible for yours.

If we need people to perform the tasks currently undertaken by illegal aliens we already have the solution. It is call workfare.

According to another Freeper, a member of the American Border Patrol, this problem is deepening:

"Mexico's economy is collapsing and its ruling class does not care. It is not just poor bean farm campesinos crossing the border; it isn't just middle class. I have a stack of AeroMexico airline tickets at my elbow that says the gentry are busy bailing out. Most of the clothing I put in garbage bags last weekend was way better quality than what I'm wearing right now. Not just illegals though ---some of them are pretty self-sufficient and can work for their living, we're seeing huge numbers of elderly being brought in by family members so they can collect SSI checks and have their health problems paid for by Medicaid."

As the situation exists now Mexico is not our friend, and we need to close our borders immediately! Secondly, we need to demand accountability from every bureaucrat in Washington D.C. and Sacrademeto for their failure to act appropriately by allowing this problem to continue un-checked for decades.

I will say it again, and until this problem is rectified. Someone, or a bunch of someones, is making big money here, and that is why no one dares to stop this travesty from occuring. Rush has said it time and again: "Follow the money trail".

Until we, as a nation, demand accountability from our elected officials, the taxpayers of this nation will continue to bear the brunt of this illegal immigration issue, in our paychecks and our deteriorating neighborhoods.
31 posted on 05/25/2003 11:34:38 AM PDT by Duramaximus ( American Born, Gun_Toting , Aerospace Worker Living In A State That Worships Socialism)
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To: FITZ
maybe they're spying on us here.

I certainly hope they are. They need constant reminders that most Americans do not support the idea of criminal invaders being allowed to swarm across our borders unchecked and that most of us want them to go home.

32 posted on 05/25/2003 1:13:10 PM PDT by Allegra (Surgeon General's Warning: Liberalism is Bad for Your Health, Brain Cells and Bank Account)
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To: FITZ
Very funny!!

Be careful. I seem to have gotten a virus from a Mexican web page.

Here is the message:
Found dangerous IFrame tag in HTML message.
Driving me crazy for a week now :(

33 posted on 05/25/2003 3:13:16 PM PDT by madfly
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Comment #34 Removed by Moderator

BTTT for selfish reasons.


35 posted on 12/18/2005 8:57:33 PM PST by Fixit (http://comedian.blogspot.com)
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