Mexican Counsel helps residents with passports, ID cards in Peoria

By WEEK Producer

Mexican Counsel helps residents with passports, ID cards in Peoria

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Mexican Counsel has set up shop in Peoria to process passports and identification issued by the Mexican government for Mexican citizens.

The Counsel helped more than 100 people with appointments on Wednesday.

The process includes a questionnaire and fingerprinting.

Immigrants United for Peoria is helping the Mexican Counsel with its efforts.

"In central Illinois it's hard for people to go to Chicago," said Felipe Rodriguez, secretary for Immigrants United for Peoria. "It's a lot of time driving and they have to spend their whole day in Chicago."

Rodriquez said the event is open to all Mexican nationals, whether they are U.S. citizens or not. He said the documents are important for all those who are traveling from the U.S. to Mexico and back.

Organizers said people are coming from Indiana and Wisconsin to take advantage of the opportunity.

The Mexican Counsel will be at 700 Main in Peoria through Friday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.