High-ranking career diplomat Marcela Celorio has been named the new Consul General of Mexico in San Diego.
Celorio met with the San Diego press for the first time on Wednesday at the Cross Border Xpress, the new terminal and bridge from Otay Mesa to the Tijuana International airport.
Calling herself a “cross-border consul,” she said she is committed to promoting bilateral trade in a secure environment and to boosting economic growth throughout the Cali-Baja megaregion.
She also promised to help Mexican immigrants in San Diego become better integrated into American society by helping them to learn English.
“I’m convinced that migrants have to learn English; it’s the only way to belong, to be able to integrate in the American society where they live, work, and raise their children,” she told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Originally from Mexico City, Celoria is an attorney whose previous assignments have included chief of staff at Mexican embassy in Washington and postings in Israel, the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and most recently New York, where she was deputy consul.
She replaces Remedios Gomez Arnau, who now heads the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh, N.C.
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