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Cheap, fraud-prone Mexican identification cards are tailor-made for illegals, experts say. Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge says banks and communities that accept them do so “at their peril.”

Nevertheless, the Treasury Department — with all the backbone of a wet noodle — will let stand rules that allow financial institutions to accept matricula consular cards. The agency passed the buck, saying it’s up to those institutions to access the “risk” of accepting the cards.

And exactly how are they supposed to do that• “Pardon me, sir, but before we open your new account with that suitcase of cash you’re carrying, can you tell us whether you or anyone in your family is a terrorist?”

One branch of the federal government has closed its eyes to problematic IDs flagged by other government branches.

Oh, there was a lot of public pressure to keep the cards: About 90 percent of 34,602 public comments received by the Treasury favored leaving the ID rules intact. But immigrants who are here legally have no need for the quickie IDs.

So who do you think pushed for their continued acceptance — apart from the America Last and Open Gate crowds•

And if a burnt matricula consular card turns up on the remains of suicide bomber on U.S. soil , they’ll say he was the exception.

Treasury’s decision is an open invitation to disaster.


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