State Representative Janel
Immigration reform: Moving people out of the shadows.
Anyone familiar with the struggles
of the typical illegal immigrant will tell you that the
status quo is not working. Building a wall is the
compassionate thing to do. The “wall” as President Trump called it
during the campaign, represents the starting point of an
opportunity to provide a real change for those trapped
in a life lived underground.
In 1986 President Ronald Regan
signed into law sweeping immigration reform. The
package included an amnesty provision as well as a call
for greater border security. Although the legislation
was considered “comprehensive” at the time, 30 years
later it is recognized as a failure. It is no secret
that the failure to follow through on increased border
security is the reason it failed.
In 2017, immigration reform cannot
even be discussed until the border problem is fully
addressed and we the people are 100% convinced that our
borders are completely secure. Then and only then can we
put together a guest worker program, a path to
citizenship, and most importantly, an immigration
program that makes sense for America. Illegal
immigrants will benefit most from such a program.
Imagine going from being afraid to
answer the door to being a legal card carrying guest
worker. Imagine life no longer afraid to call the
police when being victimized. Too many people living in
America live in constant fear. We have a chance to ease
those fears, forever.
We all benefit from border
security, less drugs in our schools, and less crime in
our neighborhoods. Everyone deserves to be safe.
We all will benefit from a guest
worker program. A controlled environment where workers
can apply for “guest worker status”. Taxes will be
collected, drivers licenses issued, and employers will
be able to fill needed positions.
Immigration should be a unifying
idea that benefits everyone. We have an opportunity to
achieve that dream. Building it now is the
Governor Walker’s 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 governor’s 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.
There are several proposals involving the UW-System that
I cannot support in the governor’s budget. Increasing
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!