MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News) The Mexican government has been asked to give Wisconsin its own consulate office. Governor Scott Walker said Wisconsin has a growing number of Mexican nationals -- and many have to wait two months or more to get required documents from Mexico.
Wisconsin is currently served by a mobile consulate office, plus a permanent facility in Chicago that also serves Illinois and Indiana. Walker asked for a separate Wisconsin consulate in a letter to Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto -- and Mexico's ambassador to the U-S, Eduardo Medina Mora.
Walker told them that Wisconsin has had a "tremendous relationship" with Mexico over the years. He said Mexico is Wisconsin's second-largest trading partner, and Hispanic-owned businesses have grown by almost eight-percent a year in the Badger State. Walker said a new consulate would continue the economic growth pattern. As of last year, Hispanics made up around 6-percent of the state's population.