The traveling “Mexican Consulate on wheels” will stop at the Palestine Performing Arts Center next Tuesday to help serve Palestine's Latino residents. It will stay in Palestine for four days. Officials recommend that those needing to speak with the consulate make an appointment.
“We had an enormous turn-out when they visited in October,” UNIDOS coordinator Michele Herbert told the Herald-Press Tuesday. UNIDOS, a Latino outreach program, requested the consulate to return to Palestine this year. “No one will be turned away,” she said, “but we can't guarantee people will be seen, if they don't make an appointment.”
During the October visit, some residents were confused about what services the consulate provides.
“The consulate does not provide voter registration for Mexican nationals to vote in the United States,” she said. “They also do not help with green cards, and they cannot help anyone apply for citizenship.”
The Mexican Consulate operates much like an embassy, Herbert said. Residents can get help finding birth certificates, renewing passports, applying for dual-citizenship, and obtaining an official Mexican identification card.
Mexican nationals can also register to vote in Mexico.
“There were misconceptions the last time the consulate came,” Herbert said. “What we're trying to do is help Mexican nationals with their Mexican business.”
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Flowers & Daniels law firm, and East Texas Justice for Our Neighbors will also assist.
Officers Jesus Ramirez, and Rosa Ramirez, community relations for the USCIS, will provide information on citizenship eligibility, testing, materials, and how to avoid scams. They will also instruct residents in how to use the USCIS website.
Flowers and Davis law firm will answer legal questions on naturalization and processing, as well as other relevant legal questions.
Dalila Reynoso, of East Texas Justice for Our Neighbors, will help residents find affordable and income-based legal representation.
Herbert said she's excited about bringing the consulate back to Palestine. The people most in need of services, she said, typically have difficulty getting to the consulate offices.
“They might have an inability to pay for the trip,” she said. “Some don't have transportation, and some simply can't miss a day of work. The services this traveling consulate provides are incredibly important for those who need them.”
The Mexican Consulate will be at the Performing Arts Center, 1819 W. Spring St., from Tuesday to Thursday next week, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.
To schedule an appointment, call: 1-877-639-4835.
For questions, call Michele Herbert at: 903-731-8418.