State Representative Janel
Immigration reform: Safety, jobs and integrity.
Recently I wrote a column about
the importance of our immigration laws and how they are
intended to keep our communities safe. Selective
enforcement of our immigration laws hurts our
communities. Below are three reasons why enforcement
makes our country better.
1. Public Safety- We all want to
live in safe communities, if you are here legally or
illegally. But the drug cartels are now worldwide
sophisticated organizations profiting from drugs and
weapons crossing into the huge US market. Our children
and young adults have paid the price, in addiction.
Mexican cartels have grown powerful, while Mexico
doesnít have the money or law enforcement to retake the
region. Itís up to the United States to enforce its
border and keep unwanted criminals out of our
neighborhoods. Safe communities for all immigrants is
key to fostering business growth and development at a
2. Protecting Jobs- We
constantly hear talk of increasing the minimum wage, and
the need for family supporting jobs. As long as we
continue the practice of allowing illegal aliens
to enter the United States completely unrestrained, it
will any drive down low skill wages. Lower-skilled men
and women in their prime working years have already
begun to leave the labor force creating labor force
drop out. Working class families canít get ahead
when illegal immigrants undermine the workforce.
3. Integrity of legal
immigration- Currently, our immigration system is set to
add one million new residents to the United States each
year. Immigrants pay a substantial financial amount to
gain the coveted US citizen status. Citizenship which
can take several years to accomplish comes with
questioning, tests, background checks and a guaranteed
support system. Our legal immigration system monitors
the flow of immigrants and ensures the quality of the
individuals who have pledged themselves to the United
States and wish to assimilate. A willingness to
assimilate as Americans is paramount.
Governor Walkerís UW-System budget
There can be little doubt that our conservative Governor
has his hands full when dealing with the UW System. For
the most part, colleges across the country have become
involved with a plethora of issues that go beyond the
scope of traditional education.
UW System, and other institutions of higher learning
across the country, have raised their tuition at a rate
much higher than inflation. For many families a college
education is out of reach.
Thankfully, Governor Walker is starting to address the
Segregated Fees - Student would be able to opt out of
paying fees associated with student groups and clubs.
This is certainly a great place to start. It is hard
enough to afford college without extra fees.
degree programs - The Governor is proposing that the UW
System develop curriculum paths for three year degrees.
This is long overdue. Accommodating those students who
are interested in getting a degree as quickly and as
affordable as possible is a fantastic idea.
workload - We have been hearing a lot about highly paid
professors who spend very little time in the classroom
teaching. We all can agree that research has an
important role to play at the university level, but the
primary goal should be teaching students, that is what
we pay our money for.
reform - The governorís budget significantly increases
oversight of the process relating to the procurement of
goods and services. The initiative includes
substantially increasing the threshold required for
sealed bids and it markedly increases the amount that
would require a waiver to bypass the bidding process.
the amount of funding to the system is a non-starter for
me. The UW System should take every step to control
their costs before asking the taxpayer for more
funding. We need to consider the Wisconsin taxpayer and
the students who inspire to graduate from college. We
need a common sense approach to higher education in
God Bless Wisconsin!
Some Great Kids from Hamilton High School!