What Happened To A "Chocolate City?"
NEW ORLEANS -- The Mexican government hopes to reopen a consulate office in New Orleans in the coming year to aid the burgeoning number of Mexican laborers living and working in the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina, a Mexican foreign affairs official said Friday. Bosco Marti, the Mexican government's director general for North American affairs, said the number of Mexicans living in the Gulf Coast has gone from about 5,000 to 30,000 since the storm struck on Aug. 29, 2005. As many as another 30,000 may be coming and going from the region, he said. "It's definitely growing, and it will continue to grow tomorrow," Marti said an interview Friday. In 2002, Mexico shuttered its New Orleans consulate office, which dated back to the 19th century, citing budget concerns and a desire to focus efforts on areas with larger Mexican populations.So, will it be a Caramel City? Is that the new plan?
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