Before President Trump took office, Oregon’s Mexican consulate processed 50 birth certificates every month. Since January, that number has increased to 50 per day.
“There is a lot of fear and anxiety,” said Francisco Maass Peña, consul general for Oregon. The certificates help Mexican citizens apply for work permits, obtain driver’s licenses and protect against deportation.
Once a relatively obscure foreign service post, consular officials from Mexico are taking on a more visible role as political intermediaries.