- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - With an estimated 200,000 Mexican citizens living in Minnesota, the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul is experiencing an increase in work primarily since Donald Trump was elected president.

Previously, consulate staff processed about 105 documents a day, but now they’re seeing 120 documents per day, the Post-Bulletin (https://bit.ly/2oKhzIC ) reported. Paperwork to register births has tripled.

During a mobile consulate event in Rochester last week, staff checked existing documentation, took photos and helped complete forms. They also printed laminated consular identification cards, passports and documentation for dual citizenship.

The visit was the first of eight planned throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas this year.

Louis Celis, the Mexican consul for economic and public affairs, estimates that about 60 percent of Mexican citizens living in Minnesota are doing so without valid visas or other paperwork. But he said consulate staff is more concerned about Mexicans’ safety and support in the United States than about their immigration statuses.

“We are fortunate in Minnesota,” he said. “We have a very extraordinary relationship with governmental authorities.”

Celis said that relationship extends from the state government to municipalities across Minnesota.

“We find local authorities are very receptive,” he said.

Celis said that despite the attendance increase, the number of immigrants living in the region isn’t necessarily growing.

“We are starting to see more people move back (to Mexico) from the last seven years,” he said.


Information from: Post-Bulletin, https://www.postbulletin.com

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