More than 430 Guatemalans [many or most illegal aliens] gathered at St. Peter Catholic Church Saturday and Sunday to meet with Guatemalan consulate officers and apply for the ID card. Many also applied for a Guatemalan passport, which some of them said they had no need for when they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.
The article hits all the common notes: a consular official says the card doesn't grant legal status, the local police - supporting illegal activity - promote the safety benefits.
Joining forces with the Guatemala Consulate for the event made sense to the [Palm Beach Sheriff's Office], [Fernando Alvarez, the Sheriff's Office supervisor of the community relations unit] said. Representatives from Washington Mutual and Bank of America were also at the church.
Immigration · Mon, 07/10/2006 - 09:42 · Importance: 1