Walker’s Comments on Immigration out of Line
"To hear the Governor saying that these hardworking folks aren’t worthy of being Americans because they came here from somewhere else is deeply troubling."
Madison, WI- After recent controversial comments made by Governor Scott Walker about immigration, Representative Zepnick spoke out saying that the Governor’s comments were out of touch with Wisconsin. In a recent interview with conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, Walker said that although he used to support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants he no longer supports this plan of action after having worked closely with U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala). Walker then went on to say that illegal immigrants should be made to return to their country of origin before being given US citizenship. Lastly, he continued on by advocating for the restriction of legal immigration into the country.
“Governor Walker’s rapidly changing views on immigration is wrong for Wisconsin. Statements like these are out of touch and frankly just plain wrong. Anti-immigration rhetoric to this degree is downright offensive to all the hard working immigrants who have come to Wisconsin in search of greater economic opportunity. Whether those immigrants are Polish, German or Latino, today’s Wisconsin was built by immigrants. I am proud to represent a district that is heavily diverse, these are my neighbors; people that I see working every day to make our community and the city of Milwaukee a better place each and every day.
“The hard working people of Wisconsin, whether immigrants or children of immigrants have come here to find a better life for themselves and their families. These people add to the fabric of our communities and contribute to our economy in an overall positive way. This entire nation was built by the hands of immigrants: I find it troubling and embarrassing that the Governor and his Republican counterparts are contemplating legislation discriminating against legal immigration.
“Since elected to the Wisconsin Legislature in 2002 I have continually championed bills that protect immigrants and their fundamental rights. In 2009 I introduced legislation that would give in state tuition to those who were brought to America at a young age, but completed secondary school in Wisconsin.
“To hear the Governor saying that these hardworking folks aren’t worthy of being Americans because they came here from somewhere else is deeply troubling. Immigrants like Lauro and Louis Rodriquez came not only to this state in 1937, but namely to Delavan, WI Governor Walker’s hometown with a dream for a better life. The Rodriquez Brothers and their Potato farm will be the subject of a historical painted mural later this summer in that downtown. When we hear the stump speech of the man who grew up in Delavan WI, he must have forgotten the history of immigrants that made, and continue to make it one of the unique areas in this state.”
Recent Press Releases by State Rep. Josh Zepnick - Page 2
Mayor Tom Barrett endorses ReElection of State Representative Josh Zepnick, cites leadership on workforce developmentJul 20th, 2016 by State Rep. Josh Zepnick
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State Representative Zepnick named League of Conservation Voters “Conservation Champion” with 100% voting recordJun 22nd, 2016 by State Rep. Josh Zepnick
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Zepnick wants owner Ron Schneider to immediately rescind the policy and establish a reasonable set of expectations that addresses both customer service efficiency and treating everyone with respect regardless of their ethnic background.
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