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Mexico May Open Consulate In Boise

The Mexican flag could be flying over a consulate in Boise by this summer.

Dan Ramirez, executive director of the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, learned of the plan to potentially add a consulate on a visit to Mexico this month.

The outpost would be Boise’s first consulate and the 43rd established by the Mexican government in the United States.

“There’s a good chance,” he told the commission at its quarterly meeting Saturday.

Ramirez was the only Idaho resident who joined other Americans, including Hispanic affairs agency directors, for the Mexican Communities Abroad summit at the invitation of the Mexican government. They met with President Ernesto Zedillo and other high-ranking officials.

A consulate would enable Mexican nationals in the Treasure Valley to take care of such matters as obtaining Mexican identification documents. Now, they must travel to Salt Lake City, the location of the nearest consulate.

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