For the first time, the Mexican consul delivers a speech to Idaho’s Senate

THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEWFebruary 14, 2014 

After speaking before the Idaho Senate, Mexican Consul Guillermo Ordorica, right, talks to Lt. Gov. Brad Little. Talking about Hispanics in the Treasure Valley, he said, “They are an active part of your community.”

KATHERINE JONES — kjones@idahostatesman.com

Guillermo Ordorica highlighted economic and political reforms Thursday that he said will improve the Mexican economy and trade, including moves to allow exploration for shale gas.

“I am sure we will boost our development,” he told legislators. “In Mexico, things are happening. We are reaching agreements, and we are optimistic.”

Ordorica, who previously served as deputy consul in El Paso, Texas, became the consul of Mexico in Boise in June.

Ordorica said the Boise consulate serves Mexicans in the region and promotes trade and other relations. He said almost 30,000 jobs in Idaho depend directly on trade with Mexico.

“Mexicans, you know, are good and hard-working people who contribute with their abilities and talents to the benefit of this beautiful and promising region,” Ordorica said.

More than 70 percent of Idaho Hispanics are U.S. citizens, and 95 percent are of Mexican origin, he said. “Most important, regardless of origin, they are also Idahoans,” Ordorica said.

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