Series: Wisconsin's Diverse Waves Of Immigration

Many distinct and ongoing waves of immigration have indelibly shaped communities across Wisconsin. The 19th-century influxes of immigrants from Germany, Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe are strongly associated with the state's cultural identity, but the immigrant experience in Wisconsin is far more varied. Canada has been a small but steady source of immigrants throughout the state's history. Several increasingly large phases of immigration from Mexico and other nations around Latin America have left imprints around the state, ranging from Milwaukee to dairy and vegetable farms in rural areas. In recent decades, immigrants from Asia have likewise increasingly made their home in the state, with Hmong communities standing out. As new groups of immigrants arrive in Wisconsin, their civic, religions and economic contributions adds to the state's diversity.
 
In the mid 1970s, Cheu and Chia Vang of Laos moved to the United States from a refugee camp in Thailand — part of the first wave of Hmong refugees to resettle in the United States.
Lutefisk is a Scandinavian delicacy. It's a polarizing dish; some people grow up loving it, while others despise it.
Roberto Tecpile often puts in 70 hours a week at the Rosenholm dairy farm in Cochrane — a village in Buffalo County where winter days are short and can be bitterly cold.
Seasonal workers who traveled from Mexico, and Texas-born people of Mexican descent, known as Tejanos, became a crucial part of Wisconsin's agricultural workforce during and after World War II.
In 2015, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued three employment agencies in Chicago's Chinatown, and two Illinois restaurants that had used their services, for allegedly exploiting Latino immigrant workers in several states, including Wisconsin.
Ángel Flores grew up on a farm in Mexico with the familiar smell of home cooked tortillas wafting through the air.
On Madison's near east side, the final weekend in July is rung in with bouzouki music and baklava-fueled joy.
Before Martha Stewart and Ina Garten, there was Lizzie Kander and The Settlement Cook Book .
Imagine not being able to speak English, or not very much of it, and facing deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.
Franco Ferreyra overstayed his entry into the United States when his 90 days were up under the visa waiver program. That was in 2001. Now he awaits deportation in an ICE detention facility in Dodge County.