Andy Gronik
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Andy Gronik’s Response to Scott Walker’s Silence on the Importance of Immigration in Wisconsin

"Immigrants are our partners in Wisconsin and I’ll treat them with this kind of respect when I’m governor."

By - Apr 12th, 2018 01:39 pm

MILWAUKEE – The following is the statement of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Gronik with regards to Scott Walker’s silence on the importance of immigration in Wisconsin:

“Immigrants are our partners in Wisconsin and I’ll treat them with this kind of respect when I’m governor. Governor Walker’s silence regarding the importance of immigration in Wisconsin is politically motivated and cowardly, just like his ridiculous offer to send National Guard Troops to the border between the U.S. and Mexico to appease the “big dog,” President Donald Trump.

“Let’s break this down into simple terms. The dairy industry contributes over $43 billion to Wisconsin’s economy and immigrant labor is responsible for keeping many of these operations open and running efficiently.  Without immigrant labor, our dairy and food processing industries would be devastated, and Scott Walker knows it. That’s why his silence and inaction is mind-boggling and unacceptable.

“It’s not just about Wisconsin’s dairy industry. Undocumented immigrants living throughout our state have a direct and substantial impact on Wisconsin’s economy in every imaginable way. Immigrants pay taxes that pay for our schools and roads. Immigrants shop in stores and buy gas. Immigrants pay rent, run successful local businesses and contribute to their communities. The positive impact of immigrants is felt by everyone in our Wisconsin community. That’s why I fully support and will be participating in, the statewide March, “Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants,” on Tuesday, May 1st, at 10 AM in Cutler Park, organized by Voces de la Fronterawww.vdlf.org/mayday2018.  Call 414-643-1620 for more info. This March will bring important attention to the real financial impact our Hispanic community has on our state and everyone who lives here.

“Gov. Walker’s silence regarding the positive contributions made by undocumented immigrants living in Wisconsin is unworthy of a statewide leader. Gov. Walker’s willingness to allow Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to conduct raids and arrest undocumented workers picking their children up from school or attending church or at other places where they are simply trying to live their lives is weak and inhumane. Gov. Walker’s actions are forcing hard-working families to live in the shadows, fearful of being separated from their loved ones and the life they’ve built for themselves on brutally hard work. This isn’t MY Wisconsin and it’s not OUR Wisconsin either.

“When I’m governor, Wisconsin will honor the contributions of our immigrant partners and stop unfair deportations.  We’re going to issue everyone (who qualifies) living and working in the state of Wisconsin a valid driver’s card so nobody lives in fear that a traffic stop could lead to deportation. We’ll make our roads safer by ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality and affordable auto insurance. All farm workers will be paid fairly for all of the hours worked. Children of immigrant laborers will be able to pay in-state tuition should they chose to attend one of our technical colleges or universities. And, local law enforcement will be mission-focused on public safety and building trust with diverse communities at the local level and NOT upon serving as an extension of ICE. Read more about my positions on immigration and social justice on my website at https://andygronik.com/issues/social-justice-and-immigration/.

“Gov. Walker’s desire to pour gasoline on the garbage fire President Trump has built around immigration is a human tragedy of massive proportion and it must stop. I’d ask anyone on the other side of this debate to answer this very simple question — “Do you know a Wisconsin resident who lost their job to an undocumented worker?” I suspect the overwhelming answer to this question is “no.” Please join me in allowing our immigrant partners to live a good Wisconsin life in our state. And, please support me in calling for an expeditious path to citizenship and a permanent solution for DACA recipients. It’s who we are in Wisconsin. Let’s reject Gov. Walker’s cowardly and highly political BS and begin living with kindness and empathy toward people who simply want a better life for their families. It’s who we are as Wisconsinites. It’s who we’ll become again when I’m governor.”

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“Los inmigrantes son nuestros socios en Wisconsin y los trataré con este tipo de respeto cuando sea gobernador. El silencio del gobernador Walker sobre la importancia de la inmigración en Wisconsin tiene  motivos políticos y es cobarde, al igual que su ridícula oferta de enviar tropas de la Guardia Nacional a la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México para apaciguar al “perro grande”, el presidente Donald Trump.

“Miremos esto en términos simples. La industria lechera contribuye con más de $ 43 mil millones a la economía de Wisconsin y la mano de obra inmigrante es responsable de mantener muchas de estas operaciones abiertas y funcionando de manera eficiente. Sin la mano de obra inmigrante, nuestras industrias lácteas y de procesamiento de alimentos quedarían devastadas, y Scott Walker lo sabe. Es por eso que su silencio e inacción son asombrosas e inaceptables.

“No se trata solo de la industria láctea de Wisconsin. Los inmigrantes indocumentados que viven en todo nuestro estado tienen un impacto directo y sustancial en la economía de Wisconsin en todas las formas imaginables. Los inmigrantes pagan impuestos que pagan nuestras escuelas y carreteras. Los inmigrantes compran en las tiendas y compran gasolina. Los inmigrantes pagan renta, dirigen negocios locales exitosos y contribuyen a sus comunidades. Todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad de Wisconsin sienten el impacto positivo de los inmigrantes. Es por eso que apoyo totalmente, y participaré el mes de marzo en el “Día sin latinxs e inmigrantes”, el martes 1 de Mayo a las 10 a.m. en Cutler Park, organizado por Voces de la Frontera – www.vdlf.org/ mayday2018. Llame al 414-643-1620 para obtener más información. Esta marcha traerá una atención importante al impacto financiero real que nuestra comunidad hispana tiene en nuestro estado y con todos los que viven aquí.

“El silencio del gobernador Walker con respecto a las contribuciones positivas hechas por inmigrantes indocumentados que viven en Wisconsin es indigno de un líder estatal. La voluntad del gobernador Walker de permitir que el Servicio Federal de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) realice redadas y arreste a trabajadores indocumentados que recogen a sus hijos de la escuela o que asisten a la iglesia o en otros lugares donde simplemente intentan vivir sus vidas, es débil e inhumano. Las acciones del gobernador Walker están forzando a las familias trabajadoras a vivir en las sombras, temerosas de estar separadas de sus seres queridos y de la vida que han construido para sí mismos en un trabajo brutalmente duro. Este no es MI Wisconsin y tampoco es NUESTRO Wisconsin.

“Cuando sea gobernador, Wisconsin honrará las contribuciones de nuestros socios inmigrantes y detendrá las deportaciones injustas. Vamos a expedir a todas las personas (que califiquen) y vivan y trabajen en el Estado de Wisconsin una tarjeta de conductor válida para que nadie viva con el temor de que una detención de tráfico pueda conducir a la deportación. Haremos que nuestras carreteras sean más seguras al garantizar que todos tengan acceso a seguros de automóviles asequibles y de alta calidad. Todos los trabajadores agrícolas recibirán un pago justo por todas las horas trabajadas. Los hijos de trabajadores inmigrantes podrán pagar la matrícula estatal si eligen asistir a uno de nuestros colegios técnicos o universidades. Y, la fuerza policial se centrará en la misión de seguridad pública y la construcción de confianza con comunidades diversas a nivel local y NO sirviendo como una extensión de ICE. Lea más sobre mis posiciones en inmigración y justicia social en mi sitio web en https://andygronik.com/issues/social-justice-and-immigration/.

“El deseo del gobernador Walker de echarle gasolina al basurero de fuego que el presidente Trump ha construido en torno a la inmigración es una tragedia humana de proporciones masivas y debe cesar. Le pediría a cualquier persona del otro lado de este debate que responda esta simple pregunta: “¿Conoces a un residente de Wisconsin que perdió su trabajo por un trabajador indocumentado?” Sospecho que la abrumadora respuesta a esta pregunta es “no”. Por favor, únase a mí para permitir que nuestros socios inmigrantes vivan una buena vida al estilo de Wisconsin en nuestro estado. Y, por favor, apóyenme para pedir un camino expedito hacia la ciudadanía y una solución permanente para los recipientes de DACA. Es lo que somos en Wisconsin. Rechacemos la porquería cobarde y altamente política del gobernador Walker y comencemos a vivir con amabilidad y empatía hacia las personas que simplemente quieren una vida mejor para sus familias. Es lo que somos como Wisconsonitas. Es en quién volveremos a ser cuando sea gobernador.”

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One thought on “Andy Gronik’s Response to Scott Walker’s Silence on the Importance of Immigration in Wisconsin”

  1. Rita says:

    Workers must understand that how immigrants are treated today is how all workers will be treated tomorrow. Being a citizen becomes meaningless when owners with more loyalty to profits than to countries and its people own capital. We all face a dismal future from them if we do not unite and stand up for each other. Exploitation unchallenged only grows, even beyond workers to our elderly and disabled by gutting of social programs.

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