Local elected officials praise Mexican consulate office in Milwaukee


First opening its doors to the public in July, the Mexican consulate in Milwaukee office, serves 53 counties in Wisconsin as well as Michigan.

Gov. Walker welcomed the office opening, citing strong ties between the US and Mexico. Mayor Barrett talked about how Milwaukee is set in the global economy and took at jab at Donald Trump for his remarks about building a wall.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

“At a ceremony marking the opening of the Mexican Consulate in Milwaukee Tuesday, Gov. Scott Walker focused on the strong ties between the U.S. and Mexico, but avoided questions about immigration policies and Donald Trump’s call for a wall between the two countries.

“One of the things we’ve stressed is as long as our governor is still coming to Mexico to talk about commerce and trade opportunities, it doesn’t matter what the president is doing,” Walker said. “We’re still going to have a strong relationship.”

In 2013, Walker sent a letter to the president of Mexico explaining the need for a consulate in Milwaukee.

Walker said in conversations with Mexican officials in June and again Tuesday, they were concerned about anti-immigration rhetoric from Trump, the Republican presidential nominee. But Walker argued that Mexican officials are also concerned about criticisms of the NAFTA free trade agreement from Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who placed second in the Democrats’ nomination process.

The Mexican Consulate in Milwaukee opened its doors to the public in July at 1433 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee’s is the 50th Mexican consulate in the U.S.

The consulate serves 53 Wisconsin counties as well as 12 counties from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Previously, the Chicago office served Mexican residents in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana — a population of more than 3 million.”

For more, visit, Journal Sentinel.