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Zamarripa applauds opening of Mexican Consulate, bemoans Walker's insincerity

State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee, issued this statement after attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the official opening of the new Consulate of Mexico office in Milwaukee:

An initial, gracious thanks to the consulate of Mexico for now providing the city of Milwaukee with public services that will provide an immediate, positive impact in our community. I am optimistic that their presence and services will benefit those who need it most.

While I appreciate the kind words Gov. Scott Walker spoke about the contribution of immigrants to this great state, it is important to remember that he has not been supportive or shown consistent leadership on a number of important issues relevant to the Latino community.

This also can be said about our state’s Legislative Republicans and their advancement of an anti-immigrant, anti-Latino agenda. They have placed unnecessary hurdles before local governments that seek to issue local ID cards to some immigrants (SB 533), harshly repealed tuition equity which allowed Wisconsin “Dreamers”—undocumented, young people brought here through no fault of their own—to pay in-state tuition rates at UW schools and technical colleges (AB 785), and ignored a common-sense, public safety bill on drivers’ cards for undocumented immigrants.

They have placed unnecessary hurdles before local governments that seek to issue local ID cards to some immigrants (SB 533), harshly repealed tuition equity which allowed Wisconsin “Dreamers” — undocumented, young people brought here through no fault of their own — to pay in-state tuition rates at UW schools and technical colleges (AB 785), and ignored a common-sense, public safety bill on drivers’ cards for undocumented immigrants.

Yesterday, the governor took the opportunity to boast about Wisconsin’s dairy farm industry, an industry reliant on a Latino workforce. Ironically, what he failed to mention is how he has inhibited that workforce from having access to local identification cards, a necessary part of being a

Ironically, what he failed to mention is how he has inhibited that workforce from having access to local identification cards, a necessary part of being a diary famer in Wisconsin. Here again we see the governor’s continued hypocrisy, enabled by the Republican-dominated legislature and at the expense of countless Wisconsinites.

As the first Latina, and the first and only Mexican-American elected to the Wisconsin state Legislature, one of my foremost legislative priorities has been and will continue to be to support pragmatic, pro-immigrant policy.

Through the consulate’s efforts, Milwaukeeans and beyond will have guidance and direction for receiving important documentation such as identification cards, birth certificates and passports.

The office expects to expand their community involvement, as well as extend their reach to the constituents all across this great state, a process I look forward to witnessing evolve over time.

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