Dear Senor Nieto. Mr. Walker, the Wisconsin governor, has spent the past year making the case to Mexico’s president that his state’s swelling Hispanic population, which exceeds 355,000, merits the creation of a new consulate to handle their needs.
In a letter to Mr. Peña Nieto’s office, Mr. Walker boasted of Wisconsin’s $2.2 billion in exports to Mexico and sister-state relationship with Jalisco, on Mexico’s west coast. “Wisconsin,” he wrote, “has built a tremendous relationship with Mexico over the years.” (The Mexican government is still considering the request.)
Protective services offered:
- Provide for the legal representation of Mexican nationals that face judicial processes.
- Corroborate the well being of Mexican nationals that are in custody of local authorities.
- Offer counsel about the rights and obligations under labor, civil, immigration and criminal law.
- Outreach to the community.
- Locate missing relatives in Mexico.
- Obtain vital records in Mexico.
- Repatriate minors and vulnerable persons.
- Provide for the appropriate legal representation and interpretation for Mexican nationals under custody
- Assist in the family reunification of minors.
- Assist victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Hate crimes.
- Assist in the prosecution of human traffickers and seek suitable remedies for the victims.
States where a Mexican consulate is not located (22):
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
According to the 2010 U.S.Census, Wisconsin ranks 24th in Hispanic and Latino population.