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Mexican government seeks to help its citizens through mobile consulate

People line up early Saturday morning outside the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center on North Missouri Avenue to receive official documents, legal advice and other services from the Consulate General of Mexico. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The hour was early for a weekend but a line was already forming 7:30 a.m. Saturday outside the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center in Roswell as Mexican citizens sought to obtain free legal assistance or passports, birth certificates, consular IDs and other official documentation at a “mobile consulate.”

Staff with the “mobile consulate” will help legal residents financially and with advice if they want to become U.S. citizens, says Deputy Consul General Ricardo Hernandez LeCanda. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

For the third year, the Consulate General of Mexico is providing information and documents in Roswell for a couple of days as a service to the estimated tens of thousands of Mexican nationals who live in the region, saving them from traveling to consulate offices in El Paso.

The mobile consulate will operate again today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave.

Deputy Counsel Ricardo Hernandez LeCanda said 177 people had scheduled appointments and staff were prepared to help about 250 people during the weekend.

People can receive Mexican passports, Mexican birth certificates, and birth certificates for their children born in the United States. Information about work permits, personal finances, workers’ compensation, nutrition and health issues also are available. The staff also are distributing Spanish-language textbooks for elementary school subjects to encourage bilingualism for students attending U.S. schools.

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Most people asked who were waiting in line indicated that they wanted official documents. One man said he had a son born in Texas and wanted to obtain a Mexican birth certificate for the child. “I work for my dad and I don’t get time off very much, so this is close.” Convenience was also the reason cited by a man who identified himself as Guillermo and said he was with his girlfriend, who wanted a consular ID card.

LeCanda said that the consulate also will assist financially and with information for legal permanent residents who want to become U.S. citizens. “We tell them that if you are naturalized, you can raise your voices and let your views be known.”

He also said that staff advise legal residents about how to avoid issues that could lead to deportation, including being convicted of criminal charges, even charges that might seem minor.

Appointments can be made on the Mexitel website or by calling 1-877-639-4835 or 915-637-8167.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.