Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
If you missed it, the December 25, 2009 issue of Franklin Citizen re-published an article by Andy Szal and Jacob Kushner about the connection between illegal immigrants and the dairy/farming industry in
Though the article leans to sympathizing with both dairy farmers in need of filling jobs and illegal immigrants needing to drive to get to those jobs, it provides some eye-openers for us legal
“Drivers beware: There’s a woman driving a stretch of Interstate 90 between
Her name is
Victoria, who arrived in Wisconsin 13 months ago, hasn’t taken any drivers’ training in the
She is among a growing number of illegal immigrants who are finding work on Wisconsin dairy farms, located in rural areas where the only way to get to work is by car.”
Eyes not opened yet?
“Immigrants now account for about 40 percent of the state’s dairy labor force, up from just 5 percent a decade ago.”
Yeh, I know. I know. Nobody else wants those jobs. Not even in a recession. Right.
The writers refer to a failed attempt during the 2009-11 state budget process to create special limited driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
“It shows that neither the Republican Party nor the Democratic Party in Wisconsin or nationally have the intention to fix the problems that are most urgent to our people,” said Alex Gillis, co-founder of the Madison immigration rights group Immigrant Workers’ Union.
No, Mr. Gillis. It shows that illegal immigrants refuse to take the same steps that other immigrants have taken to become legal American citizens. That’s the problem.
“State Department of Transportation data show that after the law requiring applicants to submit proof of legal residence took effect in 2007, the number of people taking the Spanish-language version of the road skills knowledge test plummeted 91 percent — from 42,500 in 2006 to fewer than 4,000 in 2008. The number of applicants taking the English version of the test also declined during the period, but by just 23 percent.”
Now it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that since the law took effect, illegal Hispanic immigrants have gone into hiding, refusing to apply for licenses, petrified they will be nabbed red handed. Obviously, the fear of God has set in to law breakers who know they are breaking the law.
Balanced, the article isn’t.
Worth a read, it is.
So is this oldie but goodie from This Just In that caused quite a stir when I talked about it on WISN over two years ago.