Rep. Taylor Rallies at Capitol with Community, Immigrant Advocates and Activists

Unveils fair housing and tuition legislation for immigrant community

MADISON—Today, as inhumane detention camps continue to operate along our southern border, as children continue to be separated from their parents, as families continue to live in fear of ICE raids ripping them apart, and as communities and individuals throughout our nation grapple with domestic terrorism targeted at immigrants and people of color, Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) joined advocates, activists, and local elected officials to stand in solidarity with Wisconsin’s immigrant community.

With Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Taylor also introduced fair housing legislation to prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of citizenship or immigration status, while unveiling a UW in-state tuition proposal for immigrant children who went to high school in Wisconsin. Currently, these children have to pay out of state tuition in the UW System, which totals approximately $20,868 for the 2019-20 school year as opposed to $9,588 for in-state tuition. 

Rep. Taylor issued the following statement:

“I am proud to stand with our local community as we rise up in support of our immigrant families, friends and neighbors. I will continue to advocate tirelessly for immigration policies that are humane, and promote justice and fairness,” said Rep. Taylor. “That is why I joined my colleagues, Representatives Jonathan Brostoff and Marisabel Cabrera, in introducing legislation to ban private ICE detention facilities. And today, I am proud to stand with Representative JoCasta Zamarripa to include citizenship and immigration status to our statewide housing nondiscrimination laws and make the UW System more affordable for Wisconsin children who are immigrants by offering in state tuition.

Treating immigrants humanely and fairly isn’t just a moral issue and an ethical issue, but an economic issue.  Immigrants mightily contribute to our Wisconsin economy, including our diary and agriculture industries. We need young immigrants, many of whom have spent most of their lives in Wisconsin and have attended K-12 public schools, to be able to afford to further their education in the UW-System. And we need these young people to stay and participate in our workforce, as a severe workforce shortage looms. 

Finally, I stand in solidarity with the immigrant community and communities of color as we continue to rise up against hate fueled violence in our country, incited at the highest level of the federal government. This cannot continue. We will rise up. We will speak out. We will stand with our immigrant families, friends and neighbors. Because this President, and those who watch silently, are on the wrong side of history.”