Supervisors approve Matricula Consular Resolution
From the Office of Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval
June 28, 2006
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved this
afternoon the Matricula Consular Resolution introduced by Supervisor
Gerardo Sandoval and co-sponsored by Supervisors Mirkarimi, McGoldrick,
Daly and Peskins.
The Matricula Consular Resolutions urges California Congressional
Delegation to oppose the on going efforts by Representative John
Culberson (R-Texas) to prevent cities from accepting identification
cards issued by other countries, such as the "Matricula Consular."
Rep. Culberson recently introduced an amendment to the FY'07
Transportation, Treasury Housing, and Urban Development Bill in
the Appropriations Committee prohibiting the use of photo identification
cards issued by other countries as a valid form of identification.
"We are reaffirming our commitment to immigrants,"
said Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval. "It is time that San Francisco
speaks up in support of the immigrant community."
The Matricula Consular Resolutions reaffirms the Matricula Ordinance,
which requires City departments to accept photo identification
cards issued by other countries. Supervisor Sandoval sponsored
the measure, which the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed
in 2002. The Matricula Consular and other country identification
cards are for identification purposes only, and cannot be used
to obtain citizenship, to obtain public benefits or to vote.