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Mobile Mexican Consulate rolls into town to help immigrants

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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) -- Some see it as a blessing, while others think it's a curse. The Mobile Mexican Consulate rolled into Shallotte Saturday to help immigrants get important documents.

St. Brendan's Catholic Church was transformed into a Mexican Consulate on Saturday. Families in Shallotte lined up for the chance to get a Mexican passport and ID card known as a matricula consular. Some say that because of services like the mobile consulate, undocumented immigrants can apply for North Carolina driver licenses and social services like food stamps, WIC and housing assistance and can even register to vote. Others disagree saying that these are nothing more than rumors.

"Totally false. It's, I don't know, something out of ignorance," Carlos Flores Vizcarra, Consul General of Mexico, said. "They will not be accepted for applying for benefits here in the US, nor will they serve the purpose of, let's say, registering someone as an elector in the state of North Carolina. That is a misleading rumor that someone has put out."

The Mexican nationals at the mobile consulate are happy to have this service, because now they will at least have a place to put their money.

"(The) bank won't take my money. It's no good," Ricardo Manuel Garrido said. "I keep (it) in (my) pocket. Someone steal, you know?"

The Mexican Consulate has assembled a mobile team tasked with going to cities across America to increase the accessibility of their services for the growing Hispanic community. The mobile consulate also saves these Hispanics valuable time, as they won't have to travel to Raleigh to obtain a passport or matricula card. The mobile consulate says that this is a good opportunity for Mexicans looking to live a better life in the United States.

Protests from conservative groups who feel like the mobile consulate is paving a way around the legal citizenship process often occur when the mobile consulate comes into a town. There were no reports of protests in Shallotte.

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not that i think people

not that i think people ought to waltz across the border and use social services to establish themselves , i do have a couple of sticking points. if we round all the illegals up and run them back across the border, who do you think is going to bend over and pick your food up off the ground for you?i dont think you will do it yourself, you dont seem the "earthy"type.
and the nasty factory chicken work , you're going to encourage your kid to get an education so he can work in the chicken houses? my point being you need to consider who will fill those jobs , because i know all sorts of people and i cant think of two of them who will do farm work anymore or slaughter house work.

This is illegal

Here's the governor of N.C. e-mail: http://www.governor.state.nc.us/eTownhall/suggestionBox.aspx
Here's the mayor of Shallotte, NC: aclewis@atmc.net

So why are ICE agents not

So why are ICE agents not collecting these illegals?

illegals and the Catholic Church

Are the thousands of parishoners of this church not outraged that their church property that they paid for is being over-run with ILLEGALS? What rock are they hiding under? Perhaps someone there needs to start asking questions. I'm all for helping people, but this is aiding and abetting pure and simple. We need to send these folks packing instead of "helping" them shelter the money they worked for illegally. They are taking our services and money and sending it back to Mexico. No other country on earth would put up with this. The Church is being "Acornized".

I AGREE!!!! THEN WE CAN SEND

I AGREE!!!! THEN WE CAN SEND THE WHITE MAN BACK WHERE HE CAME FROM AND THE INDIANS HAVE THEIR LAND BACK. THEN WE CAN SEND THE AFRICAN SLAVES BACK AND CLAIM WHAT THEY LOST IN THEIR HOMELAND WHEN THEY WERE KIDNAPPED AND FORCED TO BUILD THIS COUNTRY FOR SOMEONE ELSE AND THEN BE COUNTED AS LIVESTOCK. YOU HAVE A VALID POINT. ONE RULE FOR EVERYONE!!!

Catholic Parish

I went down to St. Brendans this past Saturday. Padre Roberto, as he has himself labeled on his business cards, has immigration AMNESTY material in the Church foyer. The Congregation should be outraged. A HUGE American flag is flying out front...concealing his pro-Amnesty agenda. I also have an article from his Social Ministry Director stating that most of his 1000 member Hispanic parishioners are ILLEGAL. Priests such as himself are going against the Pope's dictates of supporting national sovereignty and laws. Right now, the Catholic Church is beginning to fragment in North Carolina.

Padre Roberto needs to remember....

...what Henry II arranged for Thomas Becket. American citizens are getting increasingly outraged at people who aid in the invasion of America, and it's only a matter of time before violence rears its head.

Where

was the posse? Why did they not round up those who were undocumented?

That's exactly what they do south of the border.

Apply the same laws to illegal immigrants that the Mexican government applies to those within their borders illegally.

Legal Immigrants

don't need this service, this is aiding the illegal ones. Since this is being done on church property, maybe this church should lose their tax status.

illegal aliens

i urge everyone to research their candidates` stance in november and only vote for only the ones who will fight for deportation. this issue is very important in so many different ways. rational thinkers can figure this out without to much trouble but, the illegals and emotional thinkers want you think its about race. it is NOT it is about our safety and economy etc. etc. etc.

Let an American consulate go

Let an American consulate go to Mexico to help Americans beat the system and see what happens to them. This country better wake up.

where is my FREE

I am sorry but, I think if you are going to be in this country. BE LEGAL. just like me. I work pay taxes, stand in lines. know ENGLISH and be able to read it. I welcome everybody. but do your part. Don't get free, health care (when my own daughter can't get health care because she is to old to be on my policy and she can't go to school because she can't afford it and she works full time ) and if you go get a driver liscense be able to read the signs. Not just because you have some one there to read it for you. Are they. there when you are on the road and the signs are ENGLISH... Pay your car insurance as well. And don't get food stamps. We have families that are working and can't keep food on the table. but they can't get any help because they are legal in this country and according to the system make to much money to get help. but you can have somebody come in from another country (not legal) and get it all. I just want what is fair is fair. If you are going to give to some you have to give to all. Or make the rules fair.

UNFAIR?

I AGREE WITH THINGS BEING UNFAIR AS I'M POSITIVE THE AMERICAN INDIAN AND AFRICAN SLAVES WOULD AGREE.THE MEXICANS JUST WANT A BETTER LIFE.YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW THE CONDITION IN MEXICO. THEIR GOVERNMENT MAKES IT HARD FOR THEM TO COME HERE LEGALLY.I KNOW THIS FIRST HAND.I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE TERRORISTS COMING FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NOT SO MUCH AT THE MEXICANS.DO YOU NOT REALIZE HOW MANY AMERICAN WOMEN ARE SUCKING UP WELFARE BENEFITS FROM THOSE OF US WHO ARE WORKING 2 JOBS??!!

I AGREE, It is so

I AGREE, It is so frustrating to allow my tax dollars to take care of people that do not contribute to society. These people work under the table (the ones that do work), dont pay a penny in taxes, but cash in on all the benefits. They get housing, food, medicaid, utility assistance, cell phone, etc. The list gets longer. They laugh at this government system and brag about how America is FREE while they drive around in their Escalades. The government eat single people like myself up in taxes. I attend school full time and work hard to bring home hardly anything, yet I am still not eligible for any kind of assistance. Yet the people who have kids to get a check or a legal status reap the rewards. There is truly something wrong with this system.

ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT

ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ILLEGALS OR AMERICAN GIRLS AND WOMEN ON WELFARE. ALL THE MEXICANS I KNOW WORK AND SPEND MOST OF THEIR MONEY AT WALMART. THE US GOVERNMENT TAXES THEIR CHECKS AND THEY DON'T GET VERY MUCH BACK IN TAX RETURNS. NOT LIKE CROOKED AMERICANS DO.THERE IS AN AMERICAN WOMAN IN OUR CHURCH WHO GETS MORE IN WELFARE BENEFITS THAN I GET WORKING 2 JOBS.SHE LIVES ALOT BETTER THAN I DO AND I WORK FOR MINE.HOW UNFAIR IS THAT? EVERY TIME SHE HAS ANOTHER BABY, SHE GETS MORE BENEFITS.SHE ALSO HAS CHILD SUPPORT UNDER THE TABLE AND SUGAR DADDIES.TO MY KNOWLEDGE SHE HAS NEVER WORKED AND IT LOOKS LIKE SHE NEVER WILL. AS LONG AS I AM WORKING AND PAYING TAXES, SHE CAN SIT AT HOME AND HAVE MORE BABIES FOR ME TO TAKE CARE OF.

AMERICAS FED UP

Is someone from our government traveling with the consulate to ensure that everything is on the up and up? Why do the illegals need someplace to put their money. They work with stolen social security cards or under the table and they send that money back home (BILLIONS OF AMERICAN DOLLARS). They have American born children which allows them to collect welfare, food stamps, WIC etc. Why is this allowed, these people are here ILLEGALLY. Does our president, the governor of NC and the mayor of this town condone this? WHAT THE H_LL IS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY? WOULD MEXICO ALLOW THIS IN THEIR COUNTRY?

lets see

I lost my work because of them.
I lost my kids love because of them.
now all my kids are on ware fare because of them.I have 6 grandbabys with no daddys because of them. I have a 23 year old with AID's because of them.
I had two girls on crack because of them.
2 daughters saleing their bodys. because of them.
2 of my daughters have gone to prison and are now felons ? because of them.
ive been liven loven and helping a disable woman that ive been with for 14 years. together we have a small child daughter 13. my lady friend is mintle and physical boder line retarded. my little girls has a mass on her brain.
just because i have 3 vans a truck and a little 250 moter cycle. they are going to cut her check. all the vans have over 198000 miles on them.thay are all over 14 years old. and on their last legg. said we cant own over 5000 in cars. I would be lucky to get 3000 for every thing that i own. but they are maken tax cutts. wy? because of them...
I use these vans to save lives in NC. All most all the funds i make go back into these vans. So I can continue to keep drunks off the streets.

Because of them? Really?

Because of them? Really? Whos them? If your talking about mexicans, i understand most of this bs. But is like everything else, people have choices....there are some hard working people, some lazy people, some make mistakes, and obviously your family made their mistakes because they had a choice. If all this happend to them is because of their actions not because of this people, mexicans....really.

What a bunch of ignorant people talking in here!

I cannot believe you people! I can really tell that you never left your country and travel to Mexico or Latinoamerica for that matter... whenever you go down there people treat you nicely and welcome you with open arms...while you are here crying and complaining and making your selfishes obvious! you are even criticizing the Church..imagine what Jesus would say earing what you are saying...bunch of ignorant people...you lack humanity...!!!