Anti-Sanctuary City Bill Back on Wisconsin Agenda

d8c4da6b85fa8c4470d42328d1b543d5True immigration reformers in Wisconsin will take another stab at getting anti-sanctuary city legislation through the Assembly next month when lawmakers hold a hearing on Assembly Bill 450 (AB 450)

AB 450 prohibits jurisdictions in the State of Wisconsin from enacting an ordinance or policy that prevents employees from inquiring about the immigration status of a lawfully detained or arrested individual, or otherwise cooperating with federal immigration officials.   If a jurisdiction violates AB 450, a court may not only require it to comply, the Department of Revenue is required to revoke $500-$5,000 per day from the jurisdiction’s shared revenue fund (depending on the population of the jurisdiction).

The bill will be heard before the Assembly Committee on Urban and Local Affairs on January 20, 2016 at 10 AM in Room 412E of the State Capitol.  It was initially to be heard on December 15, but was pulled allegedly due to opposition to the bill from the pro-amnesty lobby.

Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield), the bill’s sponsor, contends that it was pulled from the calendar not because of complaints by the pro-amnesty lobby, but because they simply needed a larger committee room.  He also states that the opposition is mischaracterizing the bill.  “What people are saying this bill does, it doesn’t do,” Spiros said. “It’s not there to get rid of illegal aliens.  It’s really those who commit a crime.”

The Milwaukee-based pro-amnesty group, Voces de la Frontera, however, has been lobbying hard against it.  Implying litigation against AB 450 is inevitable if it passes, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces de la Frontera said, “[AB 450] opens up this can of worms — you’ll have local municipalities dealing with lawsuits when they have more important work to do.”

Regardless of the true reason AB 450 was pulled and put back on the Committee on Urban and Local Affairs’ calendar, the entire song and dance underscores the need for true immigration reformers to remain ever-vigilant.  Generally, bills cannot pass a legislative chamber without first going through the committee process by receiving a hearing.  Staying informed and making sure that state lawmakers hear your praise or concerns about a piece of legislation – even if it’s only in such early stages – is critical to this process.

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How Immigration is Shaping Up as a 2016 Campaign Issue

Microphones at the podiumMany Republican candidates in Thursday night’s debates have shifted positions markedly to the “better controls” position on immigration of late – although John Kasich is still hard to pin down. Bush has moved toward a “border security” first position. Rubio mentioned E-verify prominently and an entry-exit system, along with the tough sounding remark that “we are being taken advantage of….” His positions are markedly different than when he was a lead sponsor of the “Gang of 8” bill in 2013. Walker explained his position as an evolution toward border security – he “heard America” – and a professed concern for making U.S. working families a priority. Cruz is always tough, though he confined his comments primarily to discussing the need to outlaw so-called “sanctuary cities” and he still misses the issue of labor displacement in his analysis. (Cruz admonished that the United States does “not want to enforce the law” because of special interest pressure and this provided an unusually candid analysis of why it’s so hard to get things done.)

In contrast to Cruz, Santorum earlier in the day also made a robust defense of the American worker and the need to cut immigration. Both he and Scott Walker are invoking the national interest in labor integrity with greater frequency.

Bush continues to insist more immigration is an essential component in job creation. And here is the emerging divide that bears watching. Can Bush continue to traffic in the age-old bromide that without mass immigration there will be no job creation? In 1980, Ronald Reagan said “We always with normal growth and increase in population increase the number of jobs.” But what we are doing is not normal. The always conservative Census Bureau projects we will have 90 million more people in just 45 years. Population growth will happen even with steep reductions in annual immigration owing to natural increase and the impact of four decades of historic highs. Can Bush sustain his position that more immigration is essential and make it through the primaries?

Why so much attention to immigration – one of the big issues in these debates? Is all this due to Donald Trump’s role in the race? He wants to “build a wall” but make a big, open door in the wall. He doesn’t tell us what that means. Credit Trump for elevating an issue that the Bush-wing of the Party wanted to minimize this election cycle. They might be talking about it without Trump, but Trump has certainly forced the rest of the field to stake out more concrete positions that they might otherwise have avoided; he brought it out front. But is something deeper happening?

Are we beginning to see a wholesale rethinking of immigration’s role in America’s future? The answer is yes. It is rooted in concern about labor competition, overcrowding, water, assimilation and related a well-placed fear that the Obama Administration has let the borders spin out of control at a time when America faces growing external threats.

Missing from the campaign discourse, however, is still a real understanding of how, at its core, the United States has let lapse its ability to manage, control and choose the levels and criteria governing overall immigration. The Obama Administration has refused to reduce immigration to match the actual labor and financial conditions of the country. No future chief executive can succeed unless immigration limits and controls are properly restored. Deep down, the American people are beginning to recognize the lack of any definable public interest in our immigration policies. All that is needed now is a messenger who can articulate the vision.

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