Illustration by Kristian Knutsen and Scott Gordon; azimuth projection map via NS6T/Tom Epperly

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.
 
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.
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On Madison's near east side, the final weekend in July is rung in with bouzouki music and baklava-fueled joy.
University of Wisconsin Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic director Erin Barbato led a group of students to Dilley, Texas to provide legal aid to children and families detained at the U.S. border with Mexico. She discusses what they saw at the detention center.
Imagine not being able to speak English, or not very much of it, and facing deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.
A group of law students from Wisconsin is heading to Texas to provide legal assistance for those detained along the border with Mexico. UW Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic director Erin Barbato discusses what they'll be doing there.
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.
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. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds adult detainees.
Wisconsin no es uno de los 17 estados donde el gobierno federal tiene centros de detención para niños inmigrantes. Sin embargo, el estado tiene dos centros de detención para adultos.