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Four Democratic candidates for president talk immigration in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) — Four Democratic candidates for president spoke to a majority Hispanic crowd during a town hall in Milwaukee with a common theme of immigration. 

Secretary Julian Castro, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Beto O’Rourke attended the League of United Latin American Citizens organization, the largest and oldest Hispanic advocacy group. 

After the announcement, Homeland Security will carry out nationwide raids to arrest thousands of undocumented individuals, each candidate took time to address the topic.

“We will provide immediate legal status to the 1.8 million young people eligible for the DACA program, we will move to comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

On Sunday, Homeland security officials said 10 cities will be targeted by ICE agents. Even though no cities in Wisconsin are on the list, candidates spoke to the majority Hispanic audience on the trauma these raids can have on families.  

“I’m not going to make policy out of fear,” said Julian Castro. “We have these children that are separated from their families … and they’re going to be traumatized for the rest of their lives and I’ve said I’m not going to do that.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren answering a question about DACA recipients and how some families have mixed statutes. She said she supports families staying together, regardless of status. 

“What does it mean to protect a dreamer if her mother is taken away, if her father is taken away and her neighbor is taken away,” said Warren.

Just hours after President Trump backed off to inject a citizenship question into 2020 census Beto O’Rourke showcased how immigrants can play a part in society to keep communities safe.

“The very presence of immigrants makes us stronger, more successful and yes makes us safer and more secure,” said O’Rourke.

A spokesman for the event said every Democratic candidate for president was invited to the event and for those who responded, they narrowed it down to who would connect the most with the audience.

President Trump will head to Milwaukee on Friday to tour Derco Aerospace Inc. according to a White House official. Officials said he will advocate for the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. 


Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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