It’s a historical moment not only for the Honduran community in the valley, but the valley itself as it the first time such country installs a permanent representative.
The current building that houses the Guatemalan consulate will also be the new home for appointed Honduran consul, Ana Jessy Bulnes Larios. Marking an important advancement for the immigrant community.
“The valley constitutes a strategic point of entry for the Honduran community that transits in its migratory route to the United States,” explains Leonel Zuñiga Hernandez, consul of Honduras in Houston.
Establishing a diplomatic authority would help address reoccurring problem.
“Immigration and customs gave us numbers regarding detainees in the south border and in first place you have Mexico, then Guatemala and in third Honduras. So, they need to have an office here because we know a lot of people live in this area and cross through this area,” says Alba Caceres, consul of Guatemala in McAllen.
According to the Honduran consulate in Houston, about 5 thousand of its citizens are left without the opportunity to gain access to consular services due to their status.
“This decision has been welcomed by the community who live in the valley and cannot travel to Houston because of the Falfurrias checkpoint,” adds Hernandez.
McAllen has played a key role in not only attracting such consulates to establish the consulates in their city, but providing the building free of cost for a contract of 5 years. Both the Guatemalan and Honduran consulates will share such office spaces but their affairs will remain separate.
The new Honduran consul is expected to arrive by Friday or early next week and begin providing services before the end of the year.