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Immigrants Worry About Upcoming ID Card Law

LONGVIEW, TX-July 24: Erika Tidmore, Mexican citizens married to an American, has a photograph take during the application process for the “Matricula Consular” card, an identification issued to legitimate Mexican citizens living outside of Mexico. A half dozens Mexican Consulate officials, from Dallas, Texas established what they called a “mobile consulate” at the Wesley-McCabe United Methodist Church in Longview, Texas, on Saturday, July 24, to process applicants 450 Mexican citizens in the Northeast Texas town. The ID cards assist local and state Texas officials to recognize legitimate Mexican residents in the United States. Applicants for the “Matricula Consular” cards had to prove legal residence in the United States to receive the card.  
Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images

LONGVIEW, TX-July 24: Erika Tidmore, Mexican citizens married to an American, has a photograph take during the application process for the “Matricula Consular” card, an identification issued to legitimate Mexican citizens living outside of Mexico. A half dozens Mexican Consulate officials, from Dallas, Texas established what they called a “mobile consulate” at the Wesley-McCabe United Methodist Church in Longview, Texas, on Saturday, July 24, to process applicants 450 Mexican citizens in the Northeast Texas town. The ID cards assist local and state Texas officials to recognize legitimate Mexican residents in the United States. Applicants for the “Matricula Consular” cards had to prove legal residence in the United States to receive the card. Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images  (2004 Getty Images)

Arizona will no longer recognize photo-ID cards issued by foreign consulates beginning July 20. The state legislature passed the bill as part of a package of illegal-immigration measures.

Although some failed to win support, the photo-ID card bill did pass and is about to become law.

The ID cards up till now have been the sole form of photo identification for individuals living in another country who do not have a passport or a local driver's license.

State lawmakers who pushed for the change say the consulate-issued cards are too easy to obtain fraudulently and give the inaccurate impression that all cardholders are in the country legally.

Immigrant advocates say the new law will leave some immigrants without a form of identification.

For more stories from KSAZ in Phoenix, Arizona go to myfoxphoenix.com.

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