Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 | 10:48 a.m.
Efforts are under way to bring a Mexican consulate to Southern Nevada to assist the state's growing population with a variety of services, including visitor and citizen needs and travel information.
The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already approved Las Vegas as a location for a consulate, and final approval from the U.S. State Department is being sought.
Jose Salgado, Consul of the San Bernardino Mexican Consulate, and state Sen. Jon Porter, R-Henderson, have been pushing the Las Vegas consulate, a spokesman from Porter's office said.
"With Southern Nevada's Hispanic community growing at such a remarkable pace, and with so many of our new citizens arriving from Mexico, there is profound need for the services a Mexican consulate can provide," Porter said. "We should be proud of our diversity, and we should make sure all the necessary services are available for all Nevada residents."
In the past 10 years Southern Nevada's Hispanic population, most of which is of Mexican descent, has grown to account for more than 14 percent of the Southern Nevada population.