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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.

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Gene Schaeffer Labor & Employment Attorney Godfrey Kahn Law Firm
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Gene Schaeffer is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the Madison office. He concentrates his practice primarily in immigration law and employment law.

As a member of the Immigration team, Gene works with many firm clients on a variety of immigration-related business and employment issues, including advising on appropriate temporary and permanent visa processing for alien employees. Gene has also advised clients on employment issues related to I-9 compliance, I-9 audits and social security.

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