Immigration Update: Governor Walker Wants Mexican Consular Office in Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker is asking the Mexican government to consider opening a consular office in Wisconsin. Governor Walker believes the office is needed to assist Wisconsin’s growing Hispanic population and Hispanic-owned businesses in the state. Hispanic residents currently make up 6.2 percent of the state’s population, and Mexico is the state’s second largest export market. Hispanic-owned businesses are growing at a rate of 7.6 percent. Governor Walker believes that a consular office in Wisconsin would help continue the pattern of growth in the state. Currently, there is a Mexican consular office in Chicago that serves three states, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. According to Governor Walker, backlogs cause Mexican nationals to wait two months or more for certain documents. Governor Walker sent his request in letters to the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora.