By Mario Conde
The Mexican Consul in Calexico, Pablo Arnaud, stepped down from his position in Calexico this past week after five years of serving Calexico.
Consul Pablo Arnaud said that in the five years he was in Calexico he built excellent relationships with the Sheriff Department as well as the other County agencies, as well as the elected officials of the Imperial Valley. Consul Arnaud received recognition from the Calexico City Council and Mayor David Ouzan for his support in making the relationship with Mexicali stronger during his term in the border city.
Arnaud highlighted that in his five years there were no violations of human rights against Mexican immigrants from the Border Patrol. The former Consul said that the consulate improved its customer service and now there is a better management at the consulate for people that go there for assistance.
The migrant protection department at the consulate works to investigate and protect migrants and its group of lawyers that work there gives them free legal assistance. Arnaud said that the Consulate has given financial assistance to single mothers on fixed incomes and had defended those women who have been victims of abuse.
The consulate also opened the health window at the consulate and has helped many migrants get free services, Arnaud said.
Arnaud resigned from the National Action Party, or PAN, who is the ruling party in Mexico right now and that was part of the decision to end his term as consul. Arnaud is a former candidate for Governor of Oaxaca and is now looking forward to spend time with his family. He is going back to his home state and said that will be back to the valley to visit old friends.
“It’s been a great life experience for me to be here in Calexico and now I leave to open a new chapter in my life. I leave a lot of friends here in the Imperial Valley but I will come back to visit those friends and girlfriends that I made here in Calexico.” Arnaud said.