Skip to comments.Mexican Consulate Opens In Downtown Indianapolis. (Shop after shop, sign after sign in Spanish)
Posted on 11/22/2002 3:20:37 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
The Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis will be open for business Monday. It's an office that will serve a group of people that's growing rapidly in our city and state. Mayor Bart Peterson's office has worked for about two years with the Mexican government and the state of Indiana to get this consulate opened.
You don't have to look hard to see why the consulate is needed. Drive down Washington Street a few miles west of downtown, and you'll see the fruits of our Hispanic and Latino community's labor. Shop after shop, sign after sign in Spanish. There are now some 34,000 Latinos and Hispanics in Indianapolis, and 60% of them are Mexican.
"We have an education system that welcomes the immigrants and we like the way we are treated because we find that the American community is welcoming in general," said Roberto Curci, La Guia Magazine.
The city even has two publications geared toward this growing community. "The Voice of Indiana," a bilingual newspaper and "The Guide of Indianapolis," a magazine for Hispanics and Latinos. There's even a new Hispanic and Latino yellow pages.
Local businesses are forging ties with that community. Kroger just donated a van to the Hispanic Center of Indianapolis to thank them for translation help that the center has provided for the grocery chain.
"As we change and we are changing as a city, I think it was important for business to recognize that and we have recognized it," said Jeff Golc, Kroger.
The change will continue. Just ask the woman who helps run the grocery store on West Washington Street. New Hispanic and Latino customers come in for her authentic products all the time.
"Like once in a while there will be somebody new that comes. You know, like, "Oh, we just moved here and we came to see how it is." So yeah, we always get new people that come here," said Irasema Delgado, store manager.
The Mexican Consulate will serve three states: Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. It will serve as the Mexican government's primary link with those states on issues such as immigration, trade and economic development.
Welcome aboard Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.
This is what illegal immigration is all about - colonization. These people are not here to become Americans - and as such cannot be analogized to any prior group of immigrants to the U.S. They live in the U.S. only physically; psychologically, they still live in Mexico - watching Mexican TV on satellite, watching Mexican soccer leagues rather than the NFL dubbed in Spanish, watching videocassette Mexican movies instead of ours dubbed in Spanish.
When you call the TV cable people and ask them *why* you are paying for stations in foreign languages, they will tell you, "we are trying to appeal to everyone". But we do get a kick out of some of the stations where they are constantly shooting and killing each other every 5 or 6 seconds. Some of them appear as comedies, but sadly they are not.
And that's what it's all about, tortilla chips.
I am sure Mayor Peterson thanks you for your support.
When my Grandparents were still kids, if you had to go to a court in most parts of the state and you spoke only English, you'd need an interpreter.
WWI and WWII devastated the German community and they became fully assimilated. Today people like Senator Lugar are well respected and they use English quite well, all things considered. He's a real credit to his race, eh?
Now, these Hispanics? Would it help if we conducted a war against Mexico or something? Certainly they are at least as smart as the Germans were and they'd get going on that assimilation part right quick. Maybe just a small war - that'd do it - run a couple of humvees over to Juarez and demand their surrender.
Interesting, aint it?
It would help if we at least had as much of a BORDER with Mexico as I do with my friendly neighbor!
Why is it so much easier to illegally enter the U.S. from Mexico than to illegally enter my backyard - over a 5' chain-link fence all the way around, with anticlimbing slats, plus unpredictable dog-run times - from my neighbors'?
And that's what it's all about, totilla chips and cute latin women!
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