Immigration Rules Are Tighter, Not for Mexican IDs

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Orange County police chiefs, Wells Fargo Bank, and the cities of San Francisco and Austin, Texas all officially recognize ID cards issued by Mexico, even though the cardholders may be in the US illegally. Officials contend they're giving a break to vital workers in the service economy. Others call it "creeping amnesty" for people who might have terrorism in mind. Is it time to give undocumented workers some documentation? San Francisco Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, who represents many of the city's Latino residents, says documentation will facilitate everything from police identification to library cards and money transfers. Ira Mehlman, of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, opposes "blanket policies that encourage illegal immigration."
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  • Reporter's Notebook: Crackdown on Foreign Students in San Diego - More than 10,000 foreign students are believed to be in San Diego County, but not all of them are going to school. The Immigration and Naturalization Service has arrested 10 people suspected of violating their student visas. San Diego reporter Ben Fox, who writes about immigration for The Associated Press, has more on the crackdown, the detainees, and the issue of racial profiling.
  • PPIC Survey

    Federation for American Immigration Reform

    SF Board of Supervisors' Resolution

    The Associated Press

    Immigration and Naturalization Service

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    Warren Olney


    Frances Anderton