What do you think New employer sanctions law has Mexican consulate swamped?
The Mexican Consulate located in downtown Phoenix is swamped.
Undocumented immigrants are going there to get Mexican birth certificates for their U.S. born children that will ease the way for the kids to be enrolled in school, and will assure there are no problems should the family be deported.
Some say they are fearful without the certificate because Child Protective Services could take custody of their children.
Deputy Counsul Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi says applications for Mexican birth certificates are up 100 percent since last year.
People are also filling out forms claiming their personal property so it will not be subject to an import tax when they cross the border.
Some employers say they've been hit hard.
Placido Castellanos, owner of Casa de Mariache in Phoenix, says because he’s lost some employees and a good portion of their customer base, he may have to sell.
"We're only making about $200 a day," he said. "With our mortgage at several thousand dollars a month, we just can't make it."