Citizens protest mobile Mexican Consulate
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CONCORD – Members of a local group gathered outside Concord High School Saturday morning to protest an event with the mobile Mexican Consulate.
The group, NCFIRE, said the consulate is helping illegal immigrants get the paperwork needed to stay in the U.S., adding those documents would also help them apply for drivers licenses, social services like food stamps and register to vote.
"And that's it, there's no verification that the information they gave them was valid, there's no check to verify they are who they say they are," said James Johnson, president of NCFIRE.
Consulate General Carlos Flores said those statements are simply untrue. He said these events merely help Mexican nationals obtain or renew documents such as Mexican passports and ID cards.
"It's very important if you want to travel, if you want to identify yourself, if you want to be identified as you should be identified by the authority," said Flores.
NCFIRE also complained about the consulate using a public school to hold Saturday's event.
In response, officials with Cabarrus County Schools issued a statement saying the district, "endorses the goals of the community schools act, which encourages the use of school facilities by community groups."
It went on to say that the system, "...supports the work of community organizations in their efforts to provide information to the public."