Here are some facts about the Matricula Consular IDs: The original intent for the Matricula was to provide Mexicans residing illegally in the U.S. without a passport, a substitute identification for return to Mexico. It was never accepted by U.S. law inforcement as official identification. There is no fingerprint requirement nor is there any criminal background check done by either the LAPD or the Mexican Consulate, there is absolutely no way for the LAPD to do a "make" on someone using the card, and the Mexican government does not have any history database on Matricula Card holders available to law enforcement agencies.

Our mayor and city council say that the IDs give government the opportunity to verify the identity of the card carrier. But as stated, there is no way to verify the information on the card. An illegal alien criminal who arrived last week has no criminal history on file in the U.S. -- and the Mexican government does not keep a national database on criminals.

The IDs are so unreliable, that a fugitive who already has a valid California driver license could easily get a new identity by obtaining a Matricula and using it instead of the valid license.

Our mayor and city council were and are aware that the six month pilot program to test the Mexican Matricula Consular ID never happened! The sham ID was not tested! During the six months, there was no test plan and no data was recorded. The city council does not know how many individuals may have presented the sham ID who may have been criminals or fugitives. The LAPD has absolutely no information regarding anyone who may have previously used the Matricula ID. Thus, the LAPD does not have any records to fall back on in the event that in the future, the LAPD wants to check the background of someone who presents the sham ID. In January, 2003, I wrote the following letter to the LAPD requesting information under the California Public Records Act. Click here for details...
Our mayor and city council don't seem to be bothered that LAPD Commander Stuart Maislin, by order of a California Public Information Act request submitted by Hal Netkin, was forced to admit that LAPD Cops have no way of verifying the information on matricula consular cards. What this means is that a human smuggler who is stopped for a minor infraction but whose true identity is listed on an ICE or FBI wanted list, would slip through the officer's fingers. More
Our mayor and city council voted for the Matricula while full well knowing that the FBI concluded that the Matricula Consular is not a reliable form of identification due to the non-existence of any means of verifying the true identity of the card holder and that the ability of foreign nationals to use the Matricula Consular to create a well-documented, but fictitious, identity in the United States provides an opportunity for illegal aliens, terrorists, and human smugglers to move freely within the United States without triggering name-based watch lists that are disseminated to local police officers. It also allows them to board planes without revealing their true identity. To read the FBI's warning to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Click here. Illegals enter federal buildings even though it is against the Fed's rules. More...
The Matricula allows illegals who are already deadbeat dads in their own country to abandon their families back home to come to L.A., to be rewarded with a new identity and clean record, enabling them to become new untraceable deadbeat dads in Los Angeles, thanks to our mayor and city council.
The Matricula allows illegal aliens who are already criminals in their own country to escape justice by coming to L.A., to be rewarded with a new identity and clean record, thanks to our mayor and city council.
Click picture for blowup
This Fake Matricula with Hal Netkin's picture was obtained for $40.00 on Alvarado Blvd, in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles while LAPD Black-and-Whites patroled un-interested.