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Re: Allan Wall's article Mexico Kicks Out Our Ambassador—Can We Kick Out Mexico's Meddling Ambassador Sarukhan?
From: Ryan Kennedy (e-mail him)
Allan Wall's column reminded me of the Mexican consulate in Alaska. Three year ago they opened one here in Anchorage. To my mind, it's huge for a consulate. It's in this building and they repainted in to look like an adobe mission or something (pic below) with huge lettering on the facade and a big Mexican flag flying above the street on one of the busiest streets in Alaska's largest city. So tons of drivers pass under this flag everyday. It's clear they wanted to be as conspicuous as possible.
To my mind it is way over-sized for its mission. I mean, Alaska has its share of Mexicans but does it really need this much floor space? Of course Alaska isn't a border state, so not a lot of trade going on. Most of Alaska's foreign trade (fish and coal) is with Korea and Japan. I couldn't even tell you where their respective consulates are. So what's going on here? It fits in with the apparent Mexican diplomatic corps policy of being as in-your-face as possible.
I think these links give some hints:
Priorities to the Mexican Consulate in Anchorage (A Mexican government document, but hosted on the University of Alaska's Student Affairs website, presumably for the benefit of foreign students)
Cop outed as illegal immigrant will plead guilty to fraud, MEXICAN: He could face up to 13 years in prison for using another man's name and data, By Rachel D'Oro, The Associated Press, May 24, 2011