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ARLINGTON, Va. – Two more cities in the U.S. have already begun accepting the so-called matricula consular card for identification purposes or they approved doing so in the future. The identification card which Mexican consulates issue to their nationals living and working, usually without documents, in the U.S. are popular with credit unions as a way of helping unbanked Hispanics become credit union members. But critics have charged that recognizing the cards has meant giving semi-documented status to residents here illegally. In Arizona, the city of Yuma revealed that it has been accepting the card as a form of identification since April of this year while in Texas the city council of Corpus Christi voted to begin doing so. Corpus Christi’s acceptance of the card means five Texas cities now allow the use of the card for identification.

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