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Study recommends Mexico open Hawaii consulate

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:46 a.m. HST, Sep 23, 2013

Researchers from a Washington think tank and the University of Hawaii at Manoa are recommending that Mexico's government open a permanent consulate in Hawaii to serve a small but growing population.

The Migration Policy Institute and the university included the recommendation in a study presented Monday that said people of Mexican origins in Hawaii have different experiences on the islands than in other U.S. states.

The study says people of Mexican origin make up about 3 percent of Hawaii's overall population, with 38,700 people. That includes people born in Mexico and people born in the United States of Mexican descent. Researchers say that number has more than doubled since 1990, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

The biggest jump in the past decade has been on the Big Island, where the population of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans has grown 85 percent since 2000, to 6,600 people, the study said. The study said 24,900 people of Mexican origin live on Oahu, while 7,200 combined live on Maui, Kauai, Molokai and other smaller islands.

The study says a permanent consulate would make it easier for Mexican nationals to access services and act as an intermediary between the Mexican community and state and federal government.

It also recommends that Hawaii lawmakers and U.S. agencies begin to plan services for children and older people of Mexican origin to help those with limited English.

About 90 percent of the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans living in Hawaii are U.S. citizens, the study said. But the study said about 4,000 of 5,500 Mexican immigrants living in the state were in the U.S. without legal permission.

The study was funded by the Mexican government, through its Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Mexico already has a consulate in Haleiwa. It's called CHOLO'S MAGARITA BAR!
on September 23,2013 | 12:08PM
BO0o07 wrote:
Not sure if a consulate is necessary, maybe only for the illegal immigrants.
on September 23,2013 | 12:39PM
lopati15 wrote:
Why not have a Samoan Consulate?
on September 23,2013 | 02:17PM
NotNasti wrote:
Samoans from American Samoa are U.S. Nationals, not immigrants.
on September 23,2013 | 09:57PM
islandsun wrote:
No need, please dont
on September 23,2013 | 03:39PM
fiveo wrote:
Very bad idea. This will only encourage more illegal's to come here. Mexican's discovered Hawaii when Dole on Maui began recruiting them to work on their pineapple plantations. They started to come and brought problems with them like black tar heroin. They are many illegals now here. And for your information, many have no real interest in learning english and acculturating. Like their illegal brethren in California, Arizona and Texas, and many other states, they like the fact that they can get free medical, food stamps, obama phone and other goodies from the government and can demand that they be given driver's licenses, free schooling, and even amnesty/citizenship if they remain here long enough. If you want more of these types to come here and become burdens to the local taxpayer, they you definitely want a Consulate to be opened here. Again, a very bad, bad, idea.
on September 23,2013 | 04:02PM
nitpikker wrote:
not good. it'll turn hawaii into the southwest mainland. cartels and mexican mafia will look to spread their drugs into the pacific and beyond thru hawaii.
on September 23,2013 | 05:52PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Open it next to the Islam consulate and the troll consulate for Abercrombie.
on September 24,2013 | 01:52AM
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