June 16, 2006

The Department of Homeland Insecurity and Consular ID Cards

Carroll Andrew Morse

One follow-up item from the immigration discussion from last week: The Washington Times reported this week on a patriotic American who voluntarily red-teamed access procedures at the Department of Homeland Security...

The Department of Homeland Security allowed a man to enter its headquarters last week using a fake Matricula Consular card as identification…

Bruce DeCell, a retired New York City police officer, used his phony card -- which lists his place of birth as "Tijuana, B.C." and his address as "123 Fraud Blvd." on an incorrectly spelled "Staton Island, N.Y." -- to enter the building Wednesday for a meeting with DHS officials.

Mr. DeCell said he has had the card for four years and has used it again and again to board airliners and enter government buildings, without being turned down once. But he said he was surprised that DHS, the agency in charge of determining secure IDs, accepted it.

Unfortunately, a change in policy won’t fix this problem. According to the Times article, Federal rules already “say the Mexican-issued card is not valid ID at government buildings”.

I think the lessons here are 1) that widespread acceptance, leading to widespread proliferation, of consular IDs is probably not a good idea and 2) that the lifeless, bureaucratic approach of DHS towards American security is probably not a good idea either.

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Gee, who is RI's leading proponent of allowing Matricula Consular cards to be used for indentification? Wow, it's STEVE LAFFEY!

Apparently Laffey's definition of homeland security is issuing traffic tickets to US citizens through the use of hidden cameras while allowing illegal immigrants to use Mexican government-issued ID cards so they can fly aboard airplanes!

Go get 'em, Steve. And while you're at it, let's make sure we eliminate "pork projects" like funding for the US Border Patrol. Your higher ups at Club for Growth will be proud.

Posted by: Anthony at June 17, 2006 5:34 AM

I think that the immigration issue has gotten out of hand and we need to get some backbone when it comes to enforcing the law. I found a great link about immigration. http//www.pinthegreencard.com

It is silly, but it says what a lot of peopole are thinking.


Posted by: Jeff Dingsor at June 29, 2006 12:07 PM