Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney says that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are stepping up their presence in the Madison area. When contacted weeks ago by an ICE officer recently assigned to Madison who asked for Mahoney’s participation in an immigration crackdown program, Mahoney said he told the agent, “I’m not interested.” > Cap Times
Would the Wisconsin congressman’s proposal to eliminate ICE really mean no more enforcement of the U.S. borders? No. But that’s the claim by Leah Vukmir, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin. > PolitiFact Wisconsin
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind said Thursday he’s against a proposal from some of his fellow Democrats to do away with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, also known as ICE, saying the agency itself isn’t to blame for the White House’s immigration policy. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Sen. Tammy Baldwin broke with fellow Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan this week, saying she does not support the push by him and other liberals to do away with the federal government’s chief immigration agency. Baldwin’s Republican opponents have tried to make her position on ICE an issue in her re-election campaign. > AP News
Wisconsin is not among the 17 states known to host facilities where the federal government detains migrant children. The state does, however, have two facilities where U.S. ICE holds adult detainees: the Kenosha County and Dodge County Detention Centers. WisContext lays out how each fits into broader federal immigration policy and practices.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said Thursday he has no interest in joining a multi-state lawsuit challenging President Trump’s immigration policy, and he would only join a multi-state lawsuit against opioid manufacturers as a last resort. But Schimel said he was taking the lead on a multi-state suit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Twenty-one Wisconsin cities are expecting protesters to show up in big numbers Saturday to rail against President Trump’s immigration policies, most notably the “zero tolerance” order that led to border-crossing children being separated from their parents. Hundreds of “Families Belong Together” rallies are set for Saturday in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. > Appleton Post Crescent