So it's heartening that some Idahoans are resisting the establishment of a new Mexican consulate in Boise. They are right to do so.
According to a report in "One News Now" (a website operated by the American Family News Network), opposition to the proposed consulate includes a U.S. congressman:
In March, Congressman Bill Sali (R-Idaho) sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging her to hold off on approving the consulate until the government can assure Idahoans that a consulate will not foster the continued presence of illegal immigrants in the state. Sali, who earlier this month was recognized by the American Conservative Union as one of the "best and brightest" in the U.S. House, said the prospect of a Mexican consulate in the state's capital has "provoked concern" among his constituents that it could be "exploited" by individuals to gain "illicit 'legal' standing" in Idaho.
Well, Representative Sali and his constituents are exactly right about what a Mexican consulate would do in Idaho. Besides, there are already plenty of Mexican consulates nationwide, we don't need any more, that's for sure.
Another Idahoan who understands what goes on at Mexican consulates is Bryan Fischer, who directs the Idaho Values Alliance.
Bryan Fischer...agrees with Sali's concerns that a consulate would be used to facilitate illegal immigration in the state and to issue identification cards known as "Matr?cula Consular." He contends the pro-family community in Idaho agrees as well. "Illegal immigrants can take these Mexican ID cards and use them to open bank accounts here in Idaho and kind of establish a presence here in the state, even though they have no legal right to be in the country," he states.
Right on, Mr. Fischer, and it's great to see values activists getting involved in the fight against the illegal invasion, because protecting our country is a big value. Fischer also said that
"There is at least some level of risk to our national security through these Mexican consulates," says the Idaho activist. "[W]e just want to make sure that the workforce that we have here has the legal right to be in the country — and the presence of a Mexican consulate right here in Boise is going to make it much harder to control that."
Fischer is disappointed that the State Department has yet to respond to Sali's concerns, perhaps indicating the government is prepared to move ahead with approval of the consulate.
Sad, but probably true. What activists need to do is oppose the establishment of any more Mexican consulates, there are more than enough in the U.S.A., we don't need any more meddling.