- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina has signed an agreement with the Mexican consulate general to protect minors from that country if they are separated from their parents or guardians.

Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services said the state and the consulate general signed the agreement Wednesday. The Mexican government has signed similar agreements with more than half the states.

State officials said the North Carolina agreement is more comprehensive, however. It establishes mutual cooperation between the consulate general and the state Division of Social Services to locate family members, provide evidence and documentation, and reuniting minors with their families in Mexico when appropriate.

Consul General Javier Diaz de Leon says the agreement is important in reducing the number of cases in which Mexican minors and their parents are separated.

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