Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Statement on Matricula Consular Identification Card

January 3, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of California released the following statement today about a pilot program in which the Federal Building in San Francisco will accept the Matricula Consular identification card issued by the Mexican Consulate:

"I am pleased to announce that individuals carrying the updated version of the Mexican Consulate-issued identification card with photo, 'Matricula Consular de Alta Seguridad' (MCAS - Matricula Consular), will now have access to the Phillip Burton Federal Building and United States Courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco. The Matricula Consular will be accepted on a trial basis until April 30, 2003 to determine whether the Matricula Consular will be accepted on a permanent basis.

"The Mexican Consulate in San Francisco has informed me that the San Francisco Federal Building will be the first in the nation to pilot the acceptance of the Matricula Consular. I am grateful to the United States Marshals Service and the General Services Administration -- the agencies responsible for security at the Federal Building -- for working with my office on the acceptance of the Matricula Consular. I also wish to thank the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, La Raza Centro Legal, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and other community leaders for working with my staff on this important matter.

"For questions about the acceptance of the matriculas at the Federal Building, please contact Harriet Ishimoto of my San Francisco district office at (415) 556-4862."

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