Mexican ID card is focus of NC House debate
A House committee wants more information before voting on a bill removing a photo identification card issued by the Mexican consulate as acceptable ID in North Carolina in several situations.
Judiciary panel members debated Wednesday on the measure restricting recognition of the identification.
Republican bill sponsor Rep. George Cleveland of Jacksonville says the ID information is not reliable and fakes are used by illegal immigrants. The bill would make it illegal to use the card or similar ones from other countries for state residency to get a driver's license, obtain auto insurance or enroll in Medicaid. Police could not use them to determine identity.
Opponents say the Mexican card now has many safeguards to ensure reliable information.
Similar legislation approved in the House in 2011 died in the Senate.