DACA recipients could join local police forces

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The Superior Police Department in Superior, Wisconsin. Danielle Kaeding/WPR

Lawmakers in Wisconsin are trying for the second time to pass legislation that would allow residents enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to become law enforcement officers in the state, a bipartisan proposal that is seeing significant support from police.

Shereen Siewert welcomes Wisconsin Sen. Jesse James, (R-Altoona) to discuss the bill he is co-authoring and his perspective as an active police officer. Tony Gonzalez, Director for the American Hispanic Association of Central Wisconsin and consultant with the American Business Immigration Coalition, also weighs in with his views on the senator’s proposal and how DACA recipients could help fill other roles in Wisconsin’s strapped labor force.

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Ezra Wall Host
  • Rick Reyer Producer
  • Kate Spranger Producer
  • Tony Gonzales Guest