Hispanic Community Celebrates Announcement of Mexican Consulate in OKC

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Organizations that advocate on behalf of Hispanic Oklahomans are celebrating today’s announcement that a permanent Mexican Consulate will be coming to Oklahoma City.

At a press conference today in Mexico City, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard and other officials of the Secretariat announced a plan to open two new consulates in the United States, one of which will be opening in Oklahoma City.

Scissortail Community Development Corporation President Robert Ruiz said the new consulate is both a point of pride for local Hispanic residents as well as an important practical development for Mexican immigrants.

“This is a big deal to Mexican immigrants living in Oklahoma because a foreign consulate is responsible for helping to produce forms of identification, property and employment documents, and other assets,” said Ruiz. “We have people driving from Oklahoma to Arkansas right now for these services, which obviously is a hardship for a lot of immigrant families.”

Scissortail CDC, which works to support economic development in Oklahoma’s Hispanic communities and underserved areas of the state, partnered with La Tremenda Radio KZUE to lead an email campaign in support of the new consulate. Ultimately, they helped over 4500 Oklahomans send communications to the Mexican government in support of a consulate opening in Oklahoma City. Support from both Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt was also key to seeing the project come to fruition.

Mayor Holt said the new consulate was an idea whose time had come.

“In Oklahoma City alone, there are over 106,000 residents of Mexican descent,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “The prominence of the OKC Mexican-American community is growing locally and nationally. It was absolutely time for a Mexican consulate in Oklahoma City, and I thank all the people who advocated for it, and the Mexican government for its commitment.”

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