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Hearing Set For Wisconsin Bill Targeting Immigrants

Measure Would Prohibit Local Governments From Enacting Policies That Prevent Enforcement Of Federal Immigration Laws

Wisconsin state Capitol
Rob Chandanals (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

A proposal targeting sanctuary cities in Wisconsin offering protections for immigrants living in the country illegally is up for a public hearing in the Legislature.

The bill was introduced by Republican Senators Stephen Nass, R – Whitewater, Duey Stroebel, R – Saukville, David Craig, R – Town of Vernon, and Assistant Majority Leader Leah Vukmir, R – Brookfield, in May 2017. The Senate’s Labor and Regulatory Reform — chaired by Nass — will consider the bill at a public hearing on Thursday.

A similar effort died last year following an outpouring of opposition. Immigrant rights advocates and others are expected to come out in force against the measure yet again.

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The measure would prohibit local governments from enacting any ordinances, resolutions or policies that would prevent federal immigration laws from being enforced.

Supporters call it a common sense proposal to protect Wisconsin citizens and those visiting the state.

It must pass both the Senate and Assembly and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law.