Commerce, Texas – A recent partnership between Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Mexican nation consulate provided much-needed assistance to more than 1,000 people over five days.
The partnership saw nine Mexican government officials move into A&M-Commerce’s Smith Residence from June 7-11. The remote consulate office provided services to Mexican nationals living in the United States, such as updating official documents, certifying copies, renewing passports, and assisting with the US citizenship process.
As an additional service, the A&M-Commerce Student Health Service provided a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines to participants.
Dr Fred Fuentes, executive director of the Office of Latinx Engagement & Outreach at A & M-Commerce, said the partnership grew out of a great need in the community.
?? In the Northeastern Texas region, many longtime locals want to see the empowered and thriving Latinx community, ?? said Fuentes. ?? This is difficult to do without proper documentation. ??
Fuentes said a total of more than 1,000 appointments were made during the five-day period that the remote consulate was hosted at A & M-Commerce. In total, over 3,000 people attended, including those making appointments and the family and friends who traveled with them.
The event had a huge impact as people from all over Texas and parts of Oklahoma came to Commerce to use the services.
Fuentes stressed the importance of the services offered, as they help to bring peace of mind and stability to many people.
?? Our local community is so supportive because they understand that everyone is trying to work hard and have their own share of the American Dream, ?? said Fuentes. It was a beautiful humanitarian service that was provided.
He added that the response has been overwhelmingly positive, both from the participants and from the consulate officials. There are plans to hold another similar event on campus later this year.
For more information on the Mexican Consulate, visit their website.