Red Cross rush hour On Saturday, the Manatee County chapter of the American Red Cross hosted a mobile Mexican Consulate program to issue official Mexican "matricula consular" IDs.
The matricula consular is not a driver`s license, although it has similar features. The person`s photo, name, date of birth and address appear on the ID.
The mobile consulate program only comes to the Manatee County area once every six to nine months.
And on Saturday, there was a hitch: time and staff limitations meant it was on a first-come, first-served basis. That meant only 250 people could get the ID.
It seems that even the Mexican government cannot keep up with documenting the horde that it sends here because it cannot feed educate or employ them - only 250 illegals could get un-undocumented this trip. Well...there is always next time. This quote from Darlene Monroe, health services director for the Red Cross stuck with me.
"Imagine you are in a country that was not your own, and you had no identification to prove who you are," said Monroe. "If you want to do anything in our society, you have to prove who you are."
Note to Darlene: Many of these same people don`t feel the need to prove who they are when they are marching in the streets of a country that is not their own demanding "citizenship now."
"I sent quite a few home," Monroe said Saturday as she flipped through government papers a woman brought in a folder."
We wish that Darlene meant "home" to Mexico and we are sure that the "government documents" are not American government documents.The president is trying to change that fact, Darlene. This little vignette in Sarasota would be outrageous in any case, but more so since Disneyworld, a relatively short drive away is considered a "racist" organization by others in the illegal alien promotion business. I wonder how Darlene is going to feel when she learns that "this is not her continent"?