February 8, 2008

New Consul of Mexico in San Diego will help paisanos

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Remedios Gómez Arnau has said she will make sure that the rights of Mexicans in San Diego County are respected.

Gómez Arnau became the new Consul General of the Mexican Consulate in San Diego on Monday, January 28. Ever she assumed her new title, she dived right in to learn more about the region, to learn about the problems Mexicans face here, and to try to develop a plan of action.

Gómez Arnau arrives at the border during a time when there are several changes taking place on both sides. In San Diego the anti-immigrant sentiment continues and in Tijuana the wave of violence striking the city is rising. At the ports of entry, U.S. citizens have stricter rules of identification to get back into the country.

Change is always welcomed, the consul said. “I’ve always said that the only thing that remains is change,” she said in interview with La Prensa San Diego. “We always have to be prepared for changes. Here in the region there are some important changes taking place and we have to do our best to face them. As a consulate, we have opened lines to improve the services for Mexican nationals.”

On her first day of work the new consul had a meeting with the consulate staff to introduce herself formally, to receive information from the different directors there, and to form a new line of work of support for Mexicans in San Diego County.

That same week she held her first press conference with local media to introduce new projects and programs on which the consulate will focus this year.

On Sunday, February 3, she visited a group of Mexican migrant workers in North County to identify their needs and to invite them to take advantage of the variety of services that the consulate offers.

She told them that regardless of their immigration status they have rights and that the Mexican Consulate will always give them its support.

In the role the consulate will play in support of humane immigration reform, Gómez Arnau said that “as guests in this country we respect the laws of the United States, but we do point out that part of the solution to the immigration phenomenon is that new legal channels should be open for migrants wanting to come to the U.S.”

Gómez Arnau was consul of Mexico in Atlanta from February 2001 to last December.

“At that time changes were taking place in that region,” she said. “There was an increase in the Mexican population in the southeast of the U.S.”

She has a doctorate in International Relations from Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, and has written several books on Mexicans in the United States.

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