Mobile consulate helps nearly 400 Guatemalan citizens

Recently, a diplomatic team from the Guatemalan Consulate General in Houston, Tx provided government services to Guatemalan citizens in northern Louisiana. , was invited to Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City.

The “mobile consulate” responded to the needs of nearly 400 Guatemalan nationals who were tasked by a team of 18 consulate staff for two days to provide Guatemalan citizenship documents, passports and ID cards. It was the first time this consulate had traveled to Bossier City to provide services.

The right documents are essential for filing tax returns, applying for loans and credit, and buying cars and houses.

“The Guatemalan community has grown rapidly in northern Louisiana, which is seeing a phenomenal amount of immigration,” said Jose Barillas Ternnert, consul general at the Guatemalan consulate general in Houston.

A Guatemalan woman carries a handful of applications for a passport and ID as she waits her turn to meet with officers from the Guatemalan Consulate General from Houston at the recent mobile consulate at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, La. to speak.

A 14-year-old United States resident, Elisandro of Ruston, La., told us that he came to the United States “because of the lack of economy.” Elisandro, husband and father, is a semi-skilled worker who tells us that “life was a little hard, but it can be easier with an education.” Elisandro asked not to reveal his last name.

He came to Bossier College to get his passport and identification documents in order.