6/17/08

Latin American Consulates Unite to Assist NY Area Immigrants

A Coalition of Latin American Consulates in New York has been formed in order to strengthen representation and improve services for their immigrant communities.

Each country's consulate will still maintain separate diplomatic functions and be solely responsible for issuing documents, but the group plans to work together on issues they consider common to their immigrant populations - from holding informational "consular fairs" and public health screenings to meeting as a group with U.S. immigration officials.

The consular coalition also hopes to present a more united front in the U.S. immigration debate - not by taking a political position, but by working to defend immigrant communities many feel have been vilified by the tone of the debate.

Coalition members include Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay.
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