What the Mexican consul in San Bernardino accomplished during his first 12 months
By Ryan Hagen
SAN BERNARDINO >> The Mexican consulate in San Bernardino has worked hard to help Mexican citizens for the past 12 months and will continue accelerating those efforts now, chief consul Enrique Salomon Rosas Ramirez said Wednesday at a briefing marking one year since his appointment.
The San Bernardino consulate, one of 51 Mexican consulates in the United States, is responsible for helping Mexican citizens in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. That often means legal help, including in attempted deportations, and going after people who illegally advertise immigration help.
“When I was appointed to be consulate, I noticed that there were a lot of challenges and work to do,” Rosas said, and not just because of the large Mexican population in the Inland Empire – an estimated 1.5 million. “More than that, the political climate has changed, and the lives of many Mexican nationals have been affected.”
Soon after Mexican President Enrique Pe#xf1;a Nieto appointed Rosas consul for San Bernardino, Americans elected Donald Trump, whose campaign promises included increased deportations and a wall between the United States and Mexico.
The consulate’s priority now is defending Mexican citizens, he said.
“Let me be clear: We are convinced that 99 percent of our countrymen are doing good, responsible work,” he said.
An English-language video of about 10 minutes listed many of the consulate’s accomplishments by the numbers.
Since April 2016, the 32 staff members have provided 23,796 passports, 7,087 birth certificates and 1,161 powers of attorney, for example. That’s a total of 66,551 documents, the vast majority of them delivered the same day they’re requested, according to the video.
They have also intervened in 190 cases dealing with domestic abuse and donated 12,900 textbooks to help teach Spanish as a second language.
One new initiative is a mobile consul, which has visited 22 Inland Empire cities to offer services away from […]