The Mexican Consulate has planned to set up a mobile operation at the school on Saturday, Sept. 25. The mobile office will assist Mexican citizens in obtaining Mexican passports, visa renewals, property and other legal matters and more. Mexican officials say the mobile office is being set up to assist their citizens who cannot make it to permanent Consular offices in Raleigh (the next closest is in Atlanta).
Members of NCFIRE and ALIPAC, two anti-immigration groups, plan on protesting the event. They say the school and school board should never have allowed the Consulate to host the event there and say it will futher illegal immigration activity. The Mexican Consulate’s activities are not illegal and are routine diplomatic and immigration matters.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, ALIPAC is associated with and supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which has been designated a hate group by SPLC’s Intelligence Project. ALIPAC is also associated with several Minutemen groups.
Update (Sept. 24, 2010, 12:25 p.m.): William Gheen of ALIPAC wrote the following as a comment in response to this post. Although we are not changing the content of our post above, we are publishing this comment in the interest of fairness and objectivity:
ALIPAC is NOT supported in any way, shape, or form by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Please provide documentation for this false claim or remove it. Sorry you got duped by the SPLC. Not your fault really, they are the ones that printed the false info to start with.
Also, please change “Anti immigrant” to anti-illegal immigration as ALIPAC has many immigrant supporters and we actively welcome and recruit legal immigrants to our organization.
Also, please add “dispense matricula consular” cards to your list of things the Mexican Consul will be doing at Concord High since that is the main point of contention.