The Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco, Remedios Gómez Arnau, indicated that she does not have updated information on the repatriation of the bodies of the victims of the shooting at HMB "Half Moon Bay", Marciano Martínez and José Romero, who died on January 24 during the shooting recorded in the vicinity of an agricultural farm.
In an interview for Peninsula 360 Press, the official said that she does not know the status of the process in which the bodies are located for their return and release to Mexican lands.
He emphasized that financial aid for the affected family members is, first of all, in the hands of the US authorities, since the crime for which the Oaxacans unfortunately lost their lives must have justice and be resolved first in that country.
However, he mentioned that the Mexican consulate is working alongside the authorities of the state of California, as well as the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, to support the affected families.
On the part of the state of California, the consul mentioned, the aid provided is for housing for one year, while the Mexican authorities have supported only qualifying relatives with the support of lawyers for other types of emergency relief. such as economic, food, consular documentation, filling out documentation as well as advice on funeral homes that qualify for the aid programs available from the San Francisco consulate.
The consul emphasized that she first seeks justice in the United States for Mexicans and secondly, that the reparations to which the affected families have rights are granted. He mentioned that the consulate is following up on the trial in the case of the shooting in which the Mexicans unfortunately lost their lives.
“First we seek justice for Mexicans, on the other hand we seek the reparations to which the relatives may be entitled. There are several lanes in which we support them, “he mentioned.
Regarding the funeral payments, Arnau commented that it is the local authorities that are going to provide the expenses. "We have agreements - with some funeral homes - so that the prices are more accessible to Mexicans when they have a matter like this."
In addition, he added that the local authorities are creating a support fund for the affected families, but that it is up to the Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County authorities to manage these resources.
Gómez Arnau promised to ask the Department of Consular Protection about the status of release of the bodies of the deceased to Mexico.
During a meeting with the Mexican community of Redwood City and its surroundings, held on February 9 by Remedios Gómez Arnau, Consul General of San Francisco, California, and Jaime Vázquez Bracho, General Director of Consular Services of Mexico, It sought to reinforce the various services that the consular network in the country currently offers and the doubts and concerns about various immigration issues by the Mexican diaspora were heard.
Present at the event were the mayor of Redwood City, Jeff Gee, Verónica Escámez, director of Casa Círculo Cultural, as well as Mireya Magaña Gálvez, from Communication, Press, Media, and Diffusion of the General Consulate of Mexico in San José, who chaired the meeting.
Among the concerns that arose from the attendees were those about appointment dates at the Mexican consulate, issuance of visas, issuance of birth certificates, as well as the issuance of credentials from the National Electoral Institute and the National Institute of Older Adults ?INAPAM?.
However, during the session, more specific questions arose about which Mexicans had the opportunity to express such as: difficulty in scheduling appointments via the internet, loss of appointments due to errors in the system, problems applying for dual citizenship procedures for minors and adults.
Added to the above was the need for more mobile consulates, greater friendliness and good treatment by the officials of the Consulate in San Francisco, as well as information on what to do in case of having titled properties in Mexico and how to claim land from the United States.
In the same way, the attendees took the floor to denounce the illegal sale of appointments for the Consulate with which apocryphal agencies seek to benefit from the misinformation that exists among the Mexican population abroad regarding the procedures that can be carried out.
Given this, Gómez Arnau and Vázquez Bracho responded that there are no agencies that work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that the Mexican population should refer exclusively to the official Mexican services.
Modernization, inclusion and implementation of six indigenous languages. Two of the challenges of the Mexican Consulate for this 2023.
For his part, Jaime Vázquez Bracho, General Director of Consular Services, in an interview for P360P mentioned that one of the biggest challenges facing the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco is to continue modernizing, since they are transitioning to much more efficient systems than in the future will allow part of the procedures to be done online.
In addition, he mentioned that they will also have telephone services that will answer in six indigenous languages: Nahuatl, Otomi, Mixteco, Zapotec and two more variants of Nahuatl.
In the same way, it is sought that with the new reforms people with disabilities, older adults are effectively attended and programs with a gender perspective are implemented.
Nationalization program for children of Mexicans
In turn, the Director General of Consular Services mentioned that all those children of Mexicans who are born in North American territory have the right to Mexican nationality since it was in the year 2021 that Mexican law modified the limit of degree of right to nationality by descent. .
He mentioned that the process is relatively simple, however, what is complicated is that consulates are in high demand. This, because more than 25 percent of the Mexican population in the United States is in the state of California, which means that the need for paperwork is multiplied, he said.
During the talk held at Casa Círculo Cultural, the officials clarified that consular appointments are issued exclusively on Fridays after 12 noon and that they end in at least two hours, for which they encouraged attendees to make the necessary appointments as soon as possible.
Among the officials who also attended the meeting were Andre Vargas, from the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs of the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco; Adolfo González, in charge of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the General Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco; as well as Hansel Walker from the Vision and Commitment Organization.
The attendees received information on how to schedule appointments within the framework of the Saturday sessions which must be scheduled on Tuesdays or, contact the phone +1 (424) 309 0009 go to www.citas.sre.gob.mx I to www.consulmex.sre.gob.mx/sanfrancisco.
In addition, the Facebook page of the San Francisco consulate was shared where people can find out about the following consular events. https://www.facebook.com/ConsulmexSFCO.
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