Mexican ID Becomes Valid ID in Sonoma County, California

| by Michael Allen

In Sonoma County, California, a  card issued by the Mexican consulate is now a legal form of identification.

Mexican nationals will be able to give their country's state-issued identification cards to Santa Rosa police officers and Sonoma County sheriffs.

The idea is to reduce the immigration-related duties of local police, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Local officals believe that by accepting Mexican consulate-issued cards, they will reduce the number of people booked into jail for lacking ID and reduce deportations from the Santa Rosa County Jail.

Sonoma County Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Dueñas said: "Today is a great day. We're now going to accept the matriculár consular ID."

Immigrant advocates say that almost half of the 921 immigrants turned over to federal immigration authorities, by the jails, had not committed a crime, and another third had committed minor offenses.

Mexican nationals will need to apply to the Mexican consulate, which will likely set up shop in the area to issue cards.