- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials are working to better serve the rapidly growing Hispanic community in the state.

Post-Crescent Media (https://post.cr/ZkXRU3 ) reports the Mexican Consulate in Chicago issued passports and consular identification cards to hundreds of Mexican nationals at an Appleton church last week. Alfredo Gomez Sepulveda of the Mexican Consulate says the mobile office brings ID services to cities throughout Wisconsin. The Chicago-based office also caters to Mexican nationals living in northern Illinois and Indiana.

Gov. Scott Walker met with Mexican Undersecretary Sergio Alcocer on Friday to discuss opening a consulate in Milwaukee. Walker used the mobile program to illustrate the state’s need for a permanent site in a letter to the president of Mexico last year.

U.S. Census Bureau data from 2013 show more than 6 percent of Wisconsin’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino.

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Information from: Post-Crescent Media, https://www.postcrescent.com

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