NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - On Saturday, the Mexican Consulate of Dallas came out to Nacogdoches for the second time this year to help many people in the community.
Dallas Consul General of Mexico Francisco De La Torre said there's a rich history here.
"It's the oldest town in Texas, and besides the historic relation it has with Mexico, since its birth as a place now. It is a very important center of the Mexican community," De La Torre said.
Over 500 people came out to get assistance from the Mexican consulate. Twenty members from Dallas also came to help provide people with Mexican Identification cards.
Consulate Documentation member Mieuguel Campos said that these IDs are very important.
"If you need a Mexican passport or a Mexican ID, we call it matricula, we request one identification... your birth certificate, and you need to provide us with an address in order to issue this Mexican matricula," Campos said.
There were also tables at the event that provided educational and medical health checks for attendees as well as professionals that were present that were there to offer legal advice to anyone who may need it.
Jose Ortiz with consulate legal affairs said that not everyone has these helpful tools at their disposal.
"Sometimes they don't have this information or they don't have access to an attorney so we're providing these services to them free of charge," Ortiz said.
The consulate general also met with the city mayor, county judge and local law enforcement earlier this week to discuss specific challenges facing the Mexican-American community.
He hopes that this is just the beginning of good things to come for Nacogdoches residents.
"It's so important for us to offer these services because we are far from Dallas. We're three hours from Dallas so it is very important for the people, for the community to have those kinds of services near. We would love to do it more often but at least we come here twice a year," De La Torre said.