The city of Aurora is home to a sizable number of Salvadorans and because of this Aurora is now home to the Consulate of El Salvador in Colorado. The consulate has been a work in progress for Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. “This is great news for Aurora’s residents from El Salvador because they are one of our largest international populations,” Hogan said in a press release.
According to a 2016 demographic report, over 2,000 Aurora residents come from the Latin American country. That number makes El Salvador the third largest group of people from a foreign country in the city. Only Mexico and Ethiopia are more represented than El Salvador.
The consulate will provide services to Salvadorans from Colorado and other parts of the country. People from Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas will also be able to receive services from the Consulate of El Salvador.
With a consulate in Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman and Mayor Hogan are hoping that it will increase the city’s economy. The consulate will look to increase business ventures between Colorado and El Salvador. “This has been a long time in the making,” Coffman said. “The consulate will not only serve as a resource to the Salvadoran-American community in my district, but will also for a wide range of Colorado businesses.” Mayor Hogan further added, “Being home to a consulate can be an economic driver, and this selection is further proof Aurora’s place as a truly international and dynamic city.”
The creation of the consulate saw a push from both Coffman and Hogan. It was started when Hogan visited El Salvador in 2016. San Salvador Mayor Zoila Milagro Navas also paid a visit to Aurora. The visit was a part of a Friendship City event. “I would like to thank the government of El Salvador for the friendships and relationships we have established, and I look forward to a productive future with the consulate in Aurora,” Hogan said. Salvadorans will be able to go to the consulate for passports, and acquire help regarding potential deportation and other services.
Aurora has been known to provide services for immigrants and refugees. This is exemplified through the Consulate of El Salvador as well as its immigrant integration plan. The plan was crafted through the community by input from immigrant and refugee leaders and service providers.
“It’s our hope that our efforts will remove obstacles and help our immigrants and refugees fully engage in the community,” said Ricardo Gambetta, head of the Office of International and Immigrant Affair.
The consulate is located near South Havana Street and East Florida Avenue. El Salvador currently has consulates in England, Mexico, Japan and Peru.