Mexican consulate mobile office comes to the region
By Maria Amante email@example.com/648-3072 June 13, 2012 8:56PM
Updated: July 15, 2012 3:34PM
The consulate general of Mexico is coming to Northwest Indiana with a mobile unit in order to provide Mexican nationals with new passports and identification cards.
For the next three days, representatives from the Mexican Consulate expect at least 400 people daily to come to the IBEW Union Hall, 2835 165th St., Hammond, to utilize the consul’s outreach program, counselor services, but most notably, issuing passports and identification cards.
All Mexican citizens are invited to attend, said Agustin Rodriguez, Mexican deputy consul general.
“We don’t question immigration status. ... We provide services to Mexican nationals in the states regardless of their immigration status,” he said.
The mobile station is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The consulate regularly uses a mobile office, as demand for the Chicago office is intense, Rodriguez said. Moving consulate services to other locations also ensures more citizens can be better served.
“The ‘matricula’ consular identifications are issued by the Mexican consulate and indicate the identification of this person, and his address in the states,” he said. “They are provided to people who don’t have access to any other state identifications.”