The Mexican Consulate out of Chicago has opened up shop in South Bend for a few days. The Mobile Consulate opened Wednesday at the Ardmore LaSalle Church of Christ.
Consulate officials help everyone, regardless of their citizenship status in the U.S. With the proper IDs, officials are assisting Mexican-born citizens with getting or renewing passports. They're also helping people get Matriculas, which are Mexican ID cards.
The local Hispanic Leadership Coalition invited the consulate here. They’re trying to make it easier for people, so they don't have to travel all the way to Chicago or Indianapolis to take care of paperwork.
Just after the consulate opened this afternoon, lines were well out the door. Dozens of Mexican-born citizens from the South Bend area were hoping to get their documents completed. They had to show an official birth certificate and a photo ID. Both adults and children were in line. “I want to help out with the community and it also helps me realize how important this document is, says Joe Manzano, a volunteer with the Hispanic Leadership Coalition, Inc.
The Mobile Consulate will be open for the next three days at Ardmore LaSalle Church of Christ. They'll open at 9 a.m. and they’ll take people on a first come, first serve basis.