Voces de la Frontera challenges Walker on immigration

The Wisconsin Gazette

Voces de la Frontera, a leading immigrant rights group in Wisconsin, called Gov. Scott Walker’s latest position on immigration shameful and slammed the presidential hopeful for anti-immigrant remarks.

In an interview with ultra-conservative talk show host Glenn Beck on April 21, Walker repeated his recent claim that he once supported “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants but no longer does and that immigrants who entered the country illegally should leave.

Walker also said legal immigration must also be limited, citing right-wing U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama as an inspiration.

“The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages,” Walker said. “Because the more I’ve talked to folks — I’ve talked to Sen. Sessions and others out there, but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today — is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward.”

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, responded, “It is shameful for Gov. Walker to continue his flip-flop to the extreme right when it comes to justice for immigrants and working families. By announcing his support for restrictions on legal immigration and aligning himself with Sen. Sessions, the leader of the nativist wing of the Republican Party, Gov. Walker has showed his true colors. It is ridiculous for this governor to advance restrictions on immigration as a measure to protect U.S. workers, when his own actions demonstrate his disregard for the plight of working class families in Wisconsin.”

She continued, “His governorship has been a disaster for working families in Wisconsin, immigrant and U.S.-born alike and no amount of trying to pit communities against one another can divert attention from his shameful record.”

Voces de la Frontera, which is based in Milwaukee, is organizing its May Day rally on May 1 and, in the statement, urged people to join the march for immigration reform and to call out Walker.

“This May 1, we call on community members to join us in marching to demand the implementation of administrative relief now, passage of immigration reform with a path to citizenship, funding for public education, living wages and the restoration of collective bargaining rights for all workers,” said Neumann-Ortiz.