Bank changes will affect immigrants

(07/30/03) THE HUB - Some government officials are looking to make it illegal to open a bank account with a consulate issued photo identification card, while others would just like to make it more difficult for a consulate to issue the card.

More than 70 banks across the United States accept the cards as a valid ID when opening a bank account. If some government officials have their way, this will no longer be acceptable. Currently, Guatemala and Mexico are the two consulates that issue the cards. The Dominican Republic may soon become the third.

According to immigrant advocates, the economic stability of immigrant families depends on access to their banks.

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