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Colombia to issue I.D. cards to its citizens in Washington

A pilot program is in place for the Colombian embassy and consulates in the United States to issue “matricula consulars” as a valid form of identification card for its citizens here, Colombian Foreign Minister Carolina Barco said in Washington Thursday. Colombia follows Mexico, which for the last 100 years has been issuing similar I.D. cards, despite objections from U.S. conservative groups who see the cards as a means to help illegal immigrants live and work in the United States. An amendment passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week allowed for the federal government to continue enforcing Mexican I.D. cards, which had previously been recognized by the U.S. Justice and Treasury Departments. Full Story

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