Extra security added to Pascua Yaqui ID cards
Aug. 1, 2010 12:00 AM
A southern Arizona tribe has become the first to issue identification cards with enhanced federal security features for its members.
The cards allow members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to enter the U.S. by land or through a sea port of entry. They were developed after consulting with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The cards meet requirements of what's known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative - a post-Sept. 11 effort to strengthen U.S. border security.
Pascua Yaqui Chairman Peter Yucupicio said the cards will help facilitate travel for tribal members who live on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The tribe's enrollment office began issuing the cards on a voluntary basis Monday.