This week the Mexican government will inaugurate the new consulate in the city of New Brunswick, New Jersey, which it began building last March.
Sources at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) confirmed that Secretary Alicia Bárcena’s diplomatic trip will be used to officially open the consulate.
The presence of the director of the Mexican Consular Network, Jaime Vázquez Bracho, is also expected at the event, said the sources, who did not reveal their names because they are not authorized to divulge the information.
The inauguration could take place on Saturday, at the very end of the agenda of Secretary Bárcena, who is attending the United Nations General Assembly.
However, that office has been operating since June under the leadership of Consul Mariana Díaz, whose diplomatic career includes work at the Mexican Consulate in New York, which previously served Mexican immigrants living in New Brunswick.
In an interview she gave to local portal TAPinto, the consul admitted that the Mexican community – about 200,000 people – many of whom are originally from Oaxaca, had been pushing for a consulate.
“Due to the size of the community and the need for an office where it can receive services, the Mexican government has decided to open an office in New Jersey,” Días told the portal.
The consulate provides health services, education and financial resources, as well as credentialing processes.
Until January this year it was known that the new office would employ around 20 people, but with the official opening this number could increase.
Mexico has 50 consulates in the United States in addition to its embassy in Washington, DC