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Wisconsin Immigration Advocates Attend Hearing For Suit Against Obama Rules

Walker Is Among Those Challenging Deferred Action Programs


About a dozen Wisconsin supporters of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies are in New Orleans Friday, attending a federal court hearing for a lawsuit brought by Gov. Scott Walker and others challenging the White House’s immigration plan announced last fall.

At a send-off rally in Milwaukee, Debbie Albers said she hopes the court will protect the deferred action programs for immigrant parents and children that aim to keep more families together in the United States.

“No matter what the outcome is, we are gonna keep fighting because we only have the DAPA and DACA which will affect 5 million,” Albers said, referring to acronyms for deferred action programs. “We are gonna keep going until we have immigration reform for all with a pathway to citizenship.”

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The group Voces de la Fontera says the Obama policies could possibly prevent 34,000 Wisconsin immigrants from deportation. Walker has taken a stronger stand against federal immigration policy in the recent months. He now says he’d like to see stronger border security, and opposes a path to citizenship for undocumented workers who came to the U.S. illegally.