El Salvador consulate in RGV to help immigrants

The City of McAllen is welcoming its fourth foreign diplomatic office.

The government of El Salvador officially opened its new consulate in the city at the heart of the immigration surge.

A new addition to McAllen's "consulate row" the city says its proud and pleased to have El Salvador open its consulate doors to help serve the Salvadoran community here in the Rio Grande Valley.

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place for a new El Salvador consulate along north Main Street.

This location is only temporary until operations are moved to a building on South Broadway next to the Guatemala and Honduras consulates, also known as "consulate row."

With the influx of immigrants coming from El Salvador, many officials say this will be a great way to help serve the thousands of immigrants being processed by CBP.

Typical services offered include aid with passport and travel documents, help in emergencies and legal guidance.

El Salvador has an Embassy in Washington and about two dozen consulates in the United States including one in Houston and another in Dallas.

From October to July, 63,000 unaccompanied children were arrested after entering the U.S. illegally; double the number from the same period last year.

Another 63,000 families, mothers or fathers with young children, were arrested during that October to July period.

Children from El Salvador accounted for about a quarter of those unaccompanied children.