Marcia Franklin interviews Idaho's first Mexican Consul to Idaho, Ricardo Pineda, about his role and the responsibilities of his new office. Previously the duties were handled by the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake. According to the last census estimates, Idaho had nearly 150,000 Mexicans within its borders.
Pineda, a former Deputy Consul-General at the Consulate of Mexico in San Diego, also has experience as the political and border advisor to the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC.
In his position here, Pineda will also work on those political issues, but the Consulate will also be involved in a broad array of activities, including facilitating trade and economic development between Idaho and Mexico, promoting cultural exchanges and education, and helping Mexicans with their travel documents. The Consul will also assist Mexicans living in Montana.