passes resolution supporting use of the matricula consular
Lucas County Commissioners—Tina Wozniak, Pete Gerken, and Maggie
Thurber—considered the passage of some recognition of the matricula
consular (Mexican ID card) in
on Tuesday, at
stated, in part,
due to the significant Hispanic population in
, this Board deems it in the
public interest to permit the ‘matricula consular’ to be used
as a form of personal identification, as a supplement to the
federally required identification, in business conducted
between the public and County government.”
resolution passed 2 to 1, with Commissioners Gerken and Wozniak
voting for the resolution and Commissioner Thurber
“regretfully” voting “no.”
Thurber had offered a modified version to the resolution earlier,
with the understanding that the use of the card would be
recognized in all circumstances in addition to any other
identification that would be
required by the particular organization or institution.
passed resolution authorized the use of the card in circumstances
or state identification may not
be required, such as in cases of emergencies or at a library.
John Borrell of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office
representing the county commissioners, informed the commissioners
that the resolution was in line with the authorities vested by the
in the Ohio Revised Code.
Thurber felt otherwise, stating ‘it has been my understanding
that commissioners can not act unless the revised code
specifically makes such an authorization, which it does not.’
Thurber stated that the issue was complicated and that she was
concerned with the matter of illegal immigration. She also
believed that there was no need for the card.
Gerken stated that while
was not an arm of the Mexican
government, the need for the card had been shown in this global
economy and that he would vote for such a resolution as he had
done some three years earlier while on Toledo City Council.
passed such a resolution some
four years ago.
Gerken stated that he was aware of the struggles of the Latino
community, which was an important part of the entire community in
. Commissioner Wozniak concurred.
matricula consular is recognized in some fashion in 178 banks, 163
counties, 377 cities, and 1180 police and sheriff departments in
, according to the Mexican
Consulate. A summary copy of the matricula consular can be
downloaded from here.
a conversation with Major John Tharp of the Lucas County
Sheriff’s Office, “peace officers need all the identification
they can get and the matricula consular is such identification.”
Tharp is a former Toledo Police Officer and now is with the
, the cities of
have recognized such cards; so
and the Sandusky County
Consul Antonio Meza of the consulate office based in
and having jurisdiction in
was on hand to answer any
questions. So were various members of his staff.
anti-immigration groups have opposed the card, but none were
present during the presentation and passage of the resolution,
whereas numerous Latinos and Latino organizations were on hand.
Note: Lucas County Commissioner Maggie Thurber speaks with La
Prensa on comparisons concerning her public life as a clerk and as
a commissioner y más.